Monday, April 4, 2016

After SABC journalist Jacques Steenkamp is kidnapped, robbed and held hostage for two hours, two Nigerian suspects will appear in court today.

Two Nigerians are in police custody and will appear in court today over the alleged kidnapping and robbery of the SABC News investigative journalist Jacques Steenkamp on Friday during which he was allegedly also held hostage.

Jacques Steenkamp was in Krugerdorp investigating and working on a story regarding child trafficking and prostitution when he was allegedly kidnapped by the Nigerians who demanded that he withdraw R5000 from his bank account.

The men - aged 26 and 36 - allegedly held him hostage for two hours. They were caught on Saturday night in Krugersdorp and will appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday. They are charged with kidnapping and robbery.

According to a statement from the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) the men were in the company of members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) who did nothing to help Jacques Steenkamp and in fact helped them with their crimes.

"They are alleged to have been in the company of police officers who assisted them. Jacques Steenkamp was held for a number of hours and only released after the group had withdrawn about R5 000 from his bank account," says Sanef.