‘Copycats’ move in as pro kidnapping syndicates circle the rich

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‘Copycats’ move in as pro kidnapping syndicates circle the rich

As yet another businessman is snatched in KZN, sources report a spate of crimes by smaller operators

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While highly organised and professional kidnapping syndicates continue to prowl the inner circles of wealthy South Africans to claim millions in ransom money, some say copycat kidnappings are starting to emerge.

Anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee told Times Select he believed many smaller copycat kidnapping groups were at work in the country. A police source, who did not want to be identified but who has investigated some kidnappings, said he had similar suspicions.

Their sentiments were expressed in the wake of yet another businessman being kidnapped in Durban...

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