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Kidnappings for ransom — part three: the SA syndicates

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Kidnappings for ransom — part three: the SA syndicates

‘These guys are well resourced and financed, with state-of-the-art cellphone technology’

GRAEME HOSKEN, ARON HYMAN and TANKISO MAKHETHA

SA’s kidnapping syndicates are born out of some of Gauteng’s most impoverished townships.

Those allegedly behind them are responsible for some of the country’s biggest and most brazen incidents, including the snatching of 11-year-old Maha Qassim from outside her Johannesburg school in December and the kidnapping of Jahyr Abdulla, the son of Mozambican business tycoon Salemio Abdulla.

Qassim was rescued in January in Soweto, while an emaciated Abdulla was freed in Heidelberg in December...

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