Mojapelo said a high-speed car chase ensued and the driver of one of the BMWs, carrying the abducted victim, lost control, swerved into bushes and came to a halt.
“Two suspects were arrested after they apparently were shot. The others managed to flee in the white BMW sedan. The victim was injured during the shoot-out and was taken to the hospital, where he is in a stable condition. The money was recovered and the other BMW confiscated.”
The two suspects, aged 25 and 28, who were in hospital under police guard, will appear in the Polokwane magistrate's court on Monday on charges of abduction, extortion and attempted murder.
Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Thembi Hadebe lauded the team for a well-co-ordinated operation that led to the rescue of the victim and arrests.
“We appeal to members of the community to come forward with any information that can assist in the apprehension of the remaining suspects,” she said.