This is the man who faked his own kidnapping and demanded R60,000 from his own family

Xolile Ben Douw, a 52-year-old Kariega resident who allegedly staged his own kidnapping and demanded a R60,000 ransom, was released on R7,000 bail on Wednesday.

According to the Herald, Douw’s disappearance on April 16th and subsequent claims of abduction sparked concern and a frantic search, only for him to be found safe in KwaNobuhle days later.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela confirmed Douw’s court appearance and charges, stating, “Xolile Douw appeared in the Kariega magistrate’s court on charges of defeating the ends of justice and extortion. He was released on R7,000 bail and will appear in court again on May 23, pending investigations.”

Douw, who was expected to deliver a lecture at a school outside Kariega on the day of his disappearance, failed to show up, leading to a missing person report filed the following day.

The case took a surprising turn when he was discovered unharmed and subsequently arrested for allegedly orchestrating the entire ordeal.

Despite the shocking allegations, Armand du Preez, a Kariega businessman and friend of Douw who initially offered a R20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of supposed kidnappers, maintains his support.

“Xolile Douw remains my friend,” du Preez stated, showcasing the complexities of the situation and the impact on personal relationships.

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