Man in court who kidnapped woman and dumped car in Hartbeespoort

Tumi Mokgatle (30)

One of the bogus police officer suspects who kidnapped a woman and abandoned her car in Hartbeespoort on 14 September, has been arrested and appeared in court last week.

Thabang Mokoena (23) is facing charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, possession of dangerous weapon and extortion.

Tumisang Mokgatle (30) was kidnapped in Pretoria West on 14 September and driven to Hartbeespoort where her car was abandoned in Ifafi in Hartbeespoort.

According to eyewitnesses on the scene at the time, a white car, followed by Mokgatle’s Volkswagen Polo drove into Mauser Street and stopped. “We heard a woman scream and a man jumped out of the white Volkswagen Polo and got into the other car and sped off,” he said.

Mokgatle phoned her brother soon after the kidnapping telling him she was with men who said they were police officers but that she suspected that she was being kidnapped. The family could not reach her after that. They traced her phone to Hartbeespoort where it was dumped beside the road. The family received a call from the kidnappers while on the scene during which they demanded a ransom.

According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) North Gauteng Regional Spokesperson, Lumka Mahanjana, the men approached Mokgatle after she had dropped off her child at a crèche, pretending to be police officers and told her that a vehicle similar to hers had been used during robberies and they were taking it to the Hartbeespoort police station. Mokgatle was tied up and put into the boot of the vehicle.

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“It is alleged that the two called Mokgatle’s brother, a practicing attorney in Pretoria, demanding R500 000 ransom money.” The next day police received information that the victim was kept at Kgabalatsane near Brits and upon investigation, found her tied-up in a house. The suspect, in possession of a toy gun, was found with her,.

Mokoena appeared in the Atteridgeville Magistrates Court last Tuesday and was denied bail. The police are still looking for other suspects and the state argued that Mokoena should not be granted bail for this reason, and because of the seriousness of the charge. The case was postponed to 13 October 2021.