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Cape Town-The Bloemfontein Regional Court sentenced Moleboheng Mohasoa, Innocent Kompi and Napo Mohasoa to 15 years in prison each for kidnapping and 12 months for drug trafficking. Mohasoa, 29, a former police officer attached to the Defense and Security Forces, Kompi, 31, and Mohasoa, 33, will serve 16 years of direct imprisonment. Their prosecution stems from an incident that took place in November 2016, when the trio forced a victim to help them produce drugs, Captain Christopher Singo, the Hawks spokesman, said in a statement.

The perpetrator, a Free State University chemistry student, later disclosed the matter to the police after fleeing from the house where he had been held against his will. The Hawks’ Serious Organized Crime Investigation unit performed a search-and-seizure operation at the premises where the victim was being kept. The trio were arrested for abduction and possession of drugs at the premises, which were discovered locked in a safe.

In the meantime, at least 927 suspects were detained in numerous crime-fighting operations and measures over the weekend in an attempt to curb crime and ensure that the Eastern Cape is a safe place to visit, work and do business without fear of rampant crime. Crimes ranged from murder (10), abuse (190), drugs (98), public drinking (68), arrests linked to Covid-19 (410), possession of dangerous guns (175), alleged stolen stock (32 horses, 105 sheep and 14 goats) and illegal weapons possession.

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