Four suspects have been arrested for kidnapping a four-year-old girl at the Dayal Road sports ground in Clairwood in Durban.
It is alleged that the girl was playing with her friends when she was kidnapped by four suspects aged between 17 and 79 years of age.
The child has since been reunited with her family.
Police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbhele says the child was found at Q Section in Umlazi.
“A kidnapping case was opened at Brighton Beach SAPS. A search team was immediately formed and a search ensued. After an intensive investigation by the team, the child was found at Q Section in Umlazi. The victim was found unharmed and reunited with her mother. It is further alleged that the suspects were going to leave to Nkandla to perform a ritual with the child,” says Mbhele.
Mbhele says the alleged kidnapper called the child to come closer to him before kidnapping her.
“According to the victim’s friends they were playing at Dayal Road sports ground when an unknown man who was sitting not far from where they were playing called them to come nearer and play next to him. The victim responded to the man, went to him. They saw both the victim and the suspect walking away,” says Police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbhele.
11-year-old kidnapped in Mayfair, Johannesburg
According to the Department, the learner was allegedly kidnapped while waiting in line to be sanitised outside the school this morning.
Spokesperson Steve Mabona says police are investigating the incident.
“Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is deeply concerned about an alleged kidnapping of a Grade 5 girl learner which occurred this morning. It is alleged that an 11-year-old Grade 5 girl learner at E.P. Baumann Primary School in Mayfair, Johannesburg – was kidnapped at gunpoint by three males in a new shaped Silver/White Toyota Yaris. Police are investigating circumstances surrounding this matter.”
Moti brothers kidnapped in Limpopo
The four children were kidnapped on 20 October 2021 and their vehicle hijacked in the leafy suburb of Bendor, in Polokwane, Limpopo.
Earlier, a team of police investigators was roped in to help locate children.
A group of men with rifles and handguns cornered their vehicle and forcefully removed them.
The four children have since been reunited with their family.
The video below is reporting on the safe return of the Moti brothers: