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Police officer allegedly aided SABC journo's kidnappers

Steenkamp was kidnapped and held in a house in Krugersdorp for nearly two hours on Friday evening.

SABC journalist, Jacques Steenkamp. Picture: Jacques Stennkamp Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - SABC investigative journalist Jacques Steenkamp says a Krugersdorp police officer let in his attackers before they held him hostage and took R5,000 from his account while on a story.

Steenkamp was kidnapped and held in a house in Krugersdorp for nearly two hours on Friday evening while investigating a story on prostitution.

Two men appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court on charges of robbery and kidnapping on Monday. The case has been postponed to next week after Steenkamp identified them in a raid on Saturday night.

Steenkamp says he was undercover, interviewing a prostitute in Krugersdorp on Friday evening, when a police officer arrived followed by two alleged drug dealers.

He says he feared for his life and thought of his wife and children as the men threatened him and forced him to hand over his bank card.

"They said things like they kill people in this area, they were very aggressive. They just left me there. It's obvious they were in cahoots [with the police]."

He says he reported the crime to a separate police station and some Krugersdorp officers are now being investigated after they were apparently connected to the drug dealers.

"Because one of the Nigerian's phone there appeared to be loads of police officers' numbers and I understand might have to do a parade later this week."

The South African National Editors' Forum has called for a meeting with police after another two incidents involving journalists and the police.

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