The Free Bid High Court docket has granted the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) a forfeiture whine to make a selection out gold worth R3.2m and three autos from alleged kidnappers who abducted a Harmony Gold mine worker’s significant other.
The court docket granted the whine for the seizure of R1.3m in cash, 21 objects of gold worth R3.2m and a Jeep Cherokee, BMW and Nissan Almera.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phaladi Shuping acknowledged Charmaine Botha used to be abducted from work and held hostage in a shack at Thabong, Welkom, in November 2018.
“Kidnappers then known as Johan Botha, who’s the husband of Charmaine and also an worker of Harmony Gold mine in the Free Bid, demanding a brick or a bar of gold in return for the launch of his significant other.
“Botha reported the matter to his employer and the SAPS. The mine administration gave him a bar of gold valued at R6.5m to give to the kidnappers and the significant other used to be released after the kidnappers obtained the gold,” acknowledged Shuping.
Ten folk, alongside side Sechaba Seloana, John Taile, Wellington Sithole and Lovemore Ndlovu, fetch been arrested after a police investigation.
Seloana used to be allegedly stumbled on in possession of the Jeep, BMW, R580,000 in cash and 21 objects of gold worth R3.2m. Sithole and Taile fetch been allegedly stumbled on in possession of R524,000 and R260,000. Ndlovu used to be allegedly stumbled on in possession of the Nissan Almera.
Two of the suspects admitted that they performed a position in kidnapping Botha and that they decrease the bar of gold into shrimp objects and equipped them in Sebokeng.
“Seloana pointed out the shack whereby they saved Botha and the farm the attach the bar of gold used to be melted or decrease into smaller objects,” Shuping acknowledged.
Throughout the utility, AFU suggest Eugene Ontong argued that Seloana and others faded the autos to transfer gold from Welkom to Sebokeng. Ontong acknowledged they knew the implications if the gold used to be stumbled on in these autos.
“He submitted that the autos are instrumentalities of crime, and that the money and 21 objects of gold are also proceeds of crime,” acknowledged Shuping.
The accused face charges of kidnapping, extortion, illicit possession of precious metal and money laundering.
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