South Africa’s kidnapping syndicates stretch from Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Mozambique.

The prevalence of kidnapping syndicates in South Africa, some of which are run by foreigners and rake in millions of rand, has emerged in a high-level crime intelligence report into the increasing escalation of the problem.

Private security companies have proven to be key in the success of the new Crime Intelligence Anti-Kidnapping Task Team.

In the past three weeks, two hostages were rescued and several suspects arrested.

With resources under pressure – private companies are filling the gap.