An elderly man was kidnapped in front of eyewitnesses in the Johannesburg Botanical Garden – LNN
An 85-year-old retired businessman was kidnapped from the Johannesburg Botanic Garden in Emarintia by three men this morning.
While his identity has not yet been confirmed, SCP Security has confirmed that it is assisting Parkview Police in this case.
According to SCP Security owner Clive Maher, the man regularly walks his dogs in the Botanic Gardens, and this morning was no different. “At approximately 9:50 a.m. this morning, the man was taken away in a white van of some sort… The registration has already been confirmed to be cloned, so it is unlikely they would have kept those plates on the vehicle.”
He added that the motive behind the kidnapping is unknown at this stage. He adds that the victim is not known to be involved in any unwanted behavior or action and is happy to be retired.
Eyewitnesses in the park witnessed the kidnapping and were able to identify the car and part of the vehicle registration details.
SCP Security was able to uncover full recording details through the License Plate Recognition (LPR) camera network and is monitoring the LPR network across Gauteng for any potential updates, which will be followed up by Parkview Police.
“We are working very closely with Parkview Police and have one of our specialist task forces dealing with this case to ensure his safe return. We are confident we will find him,” says Maher.
Neither the man’s family nor the police agreed to reveal his identity. Northcliffe Melville Times I’ve asked the latter for more information and will keep readers updated once it becomes available.
Maher is in close contact with family members, who are currently speaking to police, and will provide any updates as soon as there is anything new to report.
“The guy parked his old Mercedes Benz in the parking area this morning, which is what he does most days,” Maher says.
The family assured Maher that the dogs were recovered safely at the scene and are being cared for.
Parkview Police are unable to comment directly on this story Northcliffe Melville Times The regional spokesperson, Captain Jeff Vora, has not yet responded to requests for information.
Parkview CPF Vice President Wayne Lowry confirmed the incident, and shared the organization’s offer of support. “Our thoughts go out to the victim and his family. “We as CPF will help in any way we can and our victim support team is ready to assist the family if necessary. We hope for a quick resolution.”
City Parks and Zoo (JPCZ) spokeswoman Jenny Moodley says the entity is very concerned and is working closely with Parkview Police and will assist in any way they can.
Although the entity is unable to comment on the incident itself, as that would have to come directly from police, Moodley said she is concerned and is looking closely at the outcome of the situation.
“Park rangers were already on site, along with a private security unit at the Olifants Road entrance, the administration building and the main parking area,” says Moodley.
In addition to Moodley’s comments, JPCZ Managing Director Thanduksolo Mindro added his voice to the troubling messages. “This is a truly unfortunate incident. We are always concerned for the safety of members of the public and any incident that occurs in our spaces is of great concern to all of us.
More information will be posted as soon as it is available.