Police arrest three suspects in connection with the kidnapping of Maduvula Norman Hlatshwayo in Hoedspruit

CRIME

By Agreement Mabunda

HOEDSPRUIT-Three people, aged between 37 and 45, have been arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a 51-year-old man which happened at AM lodge game farm in Hoedspruit under Maruleng municipality.

The victim, Maduvula Norman Hlatshwayo went hunting with his friends at the game lodge on January 10, and they intended to camp at the venue for a few days.

“It is further alleged on the third day (on January 12) at about 11am, the trio were spotted by game rangers who fired some gunshots and further caught them. However, the other two friends were released, but the victim (Hlatshwayo) has since disappeared,” Limpopo police spokesperson, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said.

The matter was later reported to the police and on Wednesday, an extensive search operation was conducted at the game lodge premises by the police.

Hlatshwayo was still not found.

The investigation continued, and the following day, on Thursday, police arrested three suspects in connection with the disappearance of Hlatshwayo. The three have been charged with kidnapping.

The arrested trio are on Friday expected to appear before the Hoedspruit Magistrate’s Court.

Meanwhile, acting provincial commissioner of police in Limpopo, Major General Jan Scheepers has urged the investigation team to leave no stone unturned in uncovering what transpired to Hlatshwayo, and to ensure that justice is served.

Police appealed to anyone with information that can assist in their investigation to contact the Crime Stop on the toll-free number 086-001-0111, go to the nearest police station or use the My SAPS App.

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