Kidnapped East London businessman Schalk van der Merwe's car found abandoned

Schalk van der Merwe, 32, was allegedly kidnapped from his Butterworth business on Thursday.
Schalk van der Merwe, 32, was allegedly kidnapped from his Butterworth business on Thursday.
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The car of kidnapped East London businessman Schalk van der Merwe has been found abandoned in bushes near Ngqamakhwe, outside Butterworth.

Schalk van der Merwe was kidnapped from his workshop in Msobomvu, Butterworth, on Thursday afternoon.

“The vehicle was recovered yesterday (on Friday) in Mtebele bushes, Ngqamakhwe. There are no further details at this stage,” Eastern Cape police spokesperson Colonel Sibongile Soci told DispatchLIVE on Saturday morning.

Soci said the search for the missing man was still underway.

The 32-year-old father of two was allegedly kidnapped in front of his terrified mother and staff. It is alleged that about six gunmen forced Van der Merwe into the back of his white Audi A3 before they sped off.

DispatchLIVE


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