Woman fakes kidnapping, demands ransom from husband

A 47-year-old woman from Phoenix in KwaZulu-Natal has been arrested for allegedly faking her own kidnapping.

Police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said the woman later demanded ransom from her tycoon husband.

Netshiunda said the police received a report of a woman who had allegedly been kidnapped on Clay Field Drive in Phoenix on Monday.

“It was reported that the woman had left the business premises to use a restroom at her home, which is situated a short distance from the business premises,” he said.

“Few moments later, her husband received a phone call from her reporting that she had been kidnapped and pleaded with him to deposit an undisclosed amount of money for her release.

“The husband later received another call from a man who threatened to hurt the woman if the money was not paid.”

But it was later discovered that the woman had faked the kidnapping and was duly charged with perjury.

“Police are sending a strong warning to anyone who is contemplating to fake their own kidnappings for any reason or waste state resources by opening false cases that they will be met with the flaming wrath of the law.

“Kidnapping is not a matter to joke about and police have been working hard and stretching resources in a quest to prevent kidnappings which had seen a slight increase of late,” Netshiunda added.

The woman will appear before the Verulam magistrate’s court on Wednesday. 

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