UPDATE: Ferndale hostage drama ends in attempted suicide

Authorities attend to the scene.

Police have arrested a man following a hostage incident at a home on Ryk Street, Ferndale, on 4 January. Police arrested the man after he released three hostages and apparently took a large dose of pills in an attempt to kill himself.

Listen to Gauteng Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masonda discuss the incident.


The hostage situation ended with no injuries after the man held three people at knife point. It is yet unclear as to why the man, who is a tenant at the home, held up the three people. Gauteng police spokesperson, Captain Mavela Masonda said that the police were called at around 9am to the house and a hostage negotiator was called. All three hostages were released unharmed.

“We suspect that the man has taken some pills and he will be taken to a hospital. Thereafter he will be charged with kidnapping,” Masondo said.
Masondo confirmed that the man was holding his landlord, his wife and another woman hostage for over six hours, and used two knives.


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