PRETORIA – A prominent Pinetown based business woman was rescued alive in Witbank on Thursday evening after she was kidnapped for about one hundred and sixty-two days (162).

The woman was kidnapped in Pinetown on the 31 May 2019, few days after her family received calls for ransom set at R140 million and the matter was reported to the Hawks for investigation .

An intensive investigation by the Hawks task team ultimately traced and located four suspects, two were arrested in Johannesburg. Further investigations by the team led to the arrest of two additional suspects in Emalahleni (Witbank).

The 45-year-old victim was found bound in chains at a house in Emalahleni and was subsequently rescued by an integrated team of the Hawks assisted by Crime Intelligence, Gauteng Provincial Organised crime members and Ekurhuleni metro police. Three luxury vehicles worth R3 million and a firearm have since been seized for further investigation.

The four suspects aged between 30 and 34 are expected to appear at Durban Magistrates court on Monday to face the charges of kidnapping amongst other related charges that may be added at the later stage.