"But because they were so intoxicated, the story didn't tie up and Netstar, the police and security companies in the area were notified."
One of the women's family members had made an e-wallet transfer, said Suburban Control Centre.
The suspects withdrew the money at an ATM and "stopped to buy more alcohol and drugs, which allowed the authorities to rescue the women" three hours after their kidnapping.
The details provided by the security company were not confirmed by the police spokesperson, who said the officer handling the case would be aware of the specifics.
Johannesburg police are warning drivers to stay alert when leaving and returning to their vehicles.
They have issued these tips to stay safe
• If a stranger approaches your car, drive off or press your hooter to attract attention;
• Be aware that hijackers sometimes pretend to be beggars or stage a minor incident so that they can approach your car;
• If a stranger loiters around your driveway or near a place where you want to park, drive off;
• Avoid stopping in remote places;
• Always lock your doors and keep windows closed;
• Do not give strangers a lift;
• Do not leave valuables in open view in the car;
• Do not leave keys in the ignition;
• Do not open windows for hawkers;
• If something seems at all suspicious, keep driving.