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Constable arrested for Delft kidnapping

Police officer Constable Ngangaphila Samagaca attached at Table Bay Harbour SAPS appeared in Bellville Magistrate’s court on Thursday 02 February over several criminal allegations.

Samagaca was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the kidnapping of two people in Delft on 22 January. Two people were kidnapped at their home on Empress Tree Street in Thubelitsha, Delft.

They were found the following day in Philippi leading to the arrest of three suspects. The victims were found badly beaten up and were rushed to the hospital. The car, a blue Ford Ranger bakkie for the victims was found dumped in Covid-19 informal settlement near Mfuleni.

Following investigations, police arrested Luvuyo Lwabi (33), Nicodemus Pasapanodya (32), and Andrew Seko (25) on 24 January. They made their first appearance in Bellville Magistrate’s court on 25 January.

Further investigations implicated Samagaca who was then arrested and appeared in court with his co-accused on Thursday.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said Samagaca was not only arrested for kidnapping but other charges were laid against him.

“Ngangaphila Samagaca appeared at the Bellville Magistrates Court this morning charged with POCA section 9 gang-related charges, kidnapping, trafficking in persons, attempted murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances, illegal possession of firearms, and illegal possession of ammunition.

“The accused is part of the sea harbor unit. He joined his other three co-accused in the matter. The case was postponed until 17 February 2023 for bail application,” said Ntabazalila.

About the arrest, Hawks spokeswoman Zinzi Hani said officers were tipped off and managed to sniff out the kidnappers in Philippi.

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