Two kidnapped during a business robbery in Welkom


Two people have been kidnapped by armed men during a business robbery at a supermarket at Tugela circle, Saint Helena in Welkom.

Four armed men pounced at a business premises, kidnapped two men and hijacked the customer’s vehicle at the crime scene.


According to the South African Police Service (SAPS), On 16 June 2022 at about 18:30, a 40-year-old business owner of a supermarket at Tugela circle, St Helena, Welkom was allegedly approached by four armed unknown men. He reportedly managed to flee to the nearby flats. 

“The suspects entered the premises and at gunpoint, kidnapped his brother and uncle. They forced the victims to get into the customer’s silver Polo Vivo with registration number CTR 213 NC, and fled the scene with it.

“The incident was reported to the Welkom Police Station and a case of kidnapping, business robbery and hijacking was registered for further investigation.”

Police spokesperson, Captain Stephen Thakeng

Police have urged anyone with information to trace these kidnappers and trace the victims to contact Detective Sergeant Molelekeng Tsoeu of Provincial Organised Crime Unit on 065 820 6299 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111. Tip-offs can be submitted via the My SAPS App.

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