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Newton Park kidnapping, additional suspect arrested, Gqeberha

Xolani Kafile (40) appeared at the New Law Magistrates’ Court in Gqeberha on 29 March 2023 where he was remanded in custody until 5 April 2023.

Kafile was arrested on 28 March 2023 by the Gqeberha based Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team for kidnapping charges.

The Hawks’ investigation linked the accused to the kidnapping of a 30-year-old victim that was allegedly abducted outside her workplace in Newton Park, Gqeberha on 16 March 2023.

It is alleged that the victim was accosted by three armed suspects who shoved her into a white Toyota Corolla and drove away. Immediately after the report was simulcast on police channels, SAPS Flying Squad members spotted the vehicle on Old Grahamstown Road in Gqeberha.

A chase ensued, Xolisile Rawutini (39) was found in the car and was immediately arrested while other suspects abandoned the vehicle and ran into the nearby bushes.

A firearm was recovered in the nearby bushes.

A further search at Rawutini’s residence in Motherwell, Gqeberha led to the recovery of another firearm with its serial number filed off.

Rawutini appeared in the Gqeberha New Law Magistrates’ Court on 20 and 24 March 2023.

The matter against both accused was postponed to 5 April 2023 for formal bail application.

SAPS Newsroom

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