Man arrested for reporting fake kidnapping

Johannesburg – A man has been arrested for reporting a fake hijacking and kidnapping in Gauteng on Saturday.

The 23-year-old man told police that his 5-year-old nephew was taken. He told police he was stopped by four armed, unknown men.

He said the men told him to get out of the car before leaving with the child.

Police then tried to track down the hijackers and find the boy.

But when police questioned him further, it was found the vehicle was at the man’s house and the child was safe.

Provincial police commissioner Ellias Mawela is condemning the incident, calling it irresponsible and reckless.

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