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Kidnapping for ransom – part two: top cop ‘tried to get money from family’

A victim’s son relives the 17 days in which his father was missing that led to a colonel appearing in court

Tankiso Makhetha and Graeme Hosken

Rupha Natha was going about his life at his spice shop in Newtown, Johannesburg, oblivious of the drama that was about to unfold. Suddenly, two men grabbed him and tried to drag him to a nearby vehicle.

Screaming for help, Natha clung onto a fruit stand at the entrance to his shop until a third burly man, armed with a handgun, bear-hugged him from behind, lifting him off the ground and bundling him into a getaway vehicle. 

Within seconds he was gone. For 17 days in April last year, the Natha family’s world spun out of control as they searched for their kidnapped patriarch and owner of Rupa’s Food Packaging...

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