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Duo arrested for kidnapping and murder of business partner, Grabouw

Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape, Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile has welcomed the arrest of an Egyptian duo in connection with the disappearance and subsequent murder of a former business partner, also an Egyptian national from Grabouw, during March 2023.

The accused pair, aged 33 and 34, made their first court appearance in the Grabouw Magistrates’ Court on 11 April 2023, following their arrest last week in Grabouw and Queenstown respectively.

The duo appeared in the Grabouw Magistrate’s Court on charges of kidnapping and murder. The matter was remanded to 13 April 2023 whilst the suspects remain in custody.

The case was transferred to the Mitchells Plain magistrates’ court.

Preliminary investigation by an integrated team of detectives led by Provincial Detectives, suggest that the victim, Saeed Mansour, was visited by former business partners (the accused) at his business in Grabouw on 31 March 2023 where the duo confronted him, allegedly about a substantial amount of cash from the business profits they suspected him of taking without consent.

They then forced him into their car and took off. He was later reported as missing and a kidnapping case was initially opened.

Investigation into the disappearance took the investigation team first to Grabouw where they arrested one of the accused on Tuesday, 4 April 2023 and on Friday, 7 April 2023, to Queenstown where the second accused was arrested with the assistance of the local police. Both were detained at the Grabouw police holding cells.

During further investigations, one of the accused cooperated and pointed out where the body of the deceased was buried and later exhumed from man-made grave along Baden Powell Drive near Mitchells Plain.

As a result the scene was examined by forensic experts and members of the integrated Anti-Kidnapping Task Team.

Provincial management has lauded the efforts of the integrated task team in bringing the suspects to book.

SAPS Newsroom

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