How best to negotiate your way out of a hostage situation

Investigations are underway to determine the motive behind a hostage drama that left four people dead in a residential estate in Moreleta Park on Wednesday.

Police negotiators secured the released of five hostages after responding to a call regarding malicious damage to property.

702's John Robbie spoke to associate Professor at the University of Limpopo, Jaco Barkhuizen, on how to manage a volatile hostage situation.

He said that there are psychological, political and criminal motivations behind hostage takers.

Listen to the interview below:

In a psychological hostage, it's important to keep the hostage taker calm and make him feel in control of the situation.

Prof Jaco Barkhuizen, University of Limpopo

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