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The police successfully rescued three hostages at a hotel in Centurion, Pretoria on Thursday evening.
At approximately 19:15 the police received a report of a possible hostage situation in which two Cabinet Ministers and a Deputy Minister were allegedly taken hostage.
National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) Spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said after attempts to negotiate with the hostage-takers to release the hostages had failed, police resorted to a tactical approach and successfully rescued the hostages. “There were no shots fired during the rescue.”
Naidoo added that 56 people, including seven women, have been arrested and they are likely to face charges of at least three counts of kidnapping.
“While processing the suspects, three of them have been taken for medical checks after they complained of pains.”