WATCH: Kidnappings on the rise in South Africa

There is a dangerous crime wave hitting South Africa. Kidnappings have shown a marked increase in recent years. Where targets were previously wealthy individuals, criminals are now preying on ordinary citizens, including teenagers and children. Michael Appel investigates. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - There is a dangerous crime wave hitting South Africa.

Kidnappings have shown a marked increase in recent years.

Where targets were previously wealthy individuals, criminals are now preying on ordinary citizens, including teenagers and children.

Official police statistics show kidnapping skyrocketing by 139 percent in the last decade and there appears to be a trend towards opportunistic abductions for quick ransom payments via e-wallets.

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Based on the latest police statistics, about 16 people are kidnapped or abducted in South Africa daily.

Not all end in a ransom demand.

However, the growing trend of opportunistic kidnappings is an increasing concern for authorities.

eNCA reporter Michael Appel brings us a spine chilling story of a kidnapping.

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eNCA