A team of police investigators has been roped in to help locate the four Moti brothers who were abducted on their way to school on the R37 road in Polokwane, Limpopo.
The siblings who are aged, six, eleven, 13 and 15 were forced out of their family vehicle on Wednesday morning by seven armed suspects.
The suspects then allegedly fled with the Moti boys in two vehicles towards the N1 north.
The family driver and the vehicle were left at the scene unhurt.
Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says a task team of highly experienced detectives has been established.
“We have established a multi-disciplinary team of investigators. We have also roped in our colleagues from the national head office to come and assist us. Our teams are on the ground, and we know that immediately after the incident took place, the suspect took the direction of the N1 bypass. But the other vehicle that had their [children’s] cellphones, turned back into the city. That’s when they dropped their cellphones and the watches that float on the Mercedes Benz that was carrying the children, one spread further north,” he explains.
Meanwhile, the lawyer for the family of the four children believes that the motive for the incident is to extort money.
According to the family lawyer Philip Smit, the parents of the children are well-known business people Nazim and Shakira Moti.
“Yes, they are well-known business people from Polokwane. I have spoken with them obviously, [they are] immense [in] shock with regard to this thing that has occurred. A feeling of helplessness is a good description I think.”
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