Johannesburg- A criminal gang in Mpumalanga who kidnapped a teenage boy on Sunday are demanding a ransom in bitcoin cryptocurrency of nearly 1.5 million rands police said.
Police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said, Katlego Marite, 13, was dragged into a car while playing with two friends near his home in Frangipani Street in Tasbetpark Extension 03, in Witbank on Sunday afternoon.
“They demanded that the family should deposit a sum of 15 bitcoins, not in rands,” he told news channel eNCA.
“(The parents) don’t even know what these bitcoins are. They are not dealing in those things. They are in tatters as we speak.”