Police spokesperson Robert Netshiunda says Nazir Moti interdicted investigating officers from interviewing his sons after they were released. As a result, police did not take statements from Zia aged 15, and his brothers Alaan 13, Zayyad 11 and seven-year-old Zidan.
“Police investigations into the case involving the four Moti brothers are continuing despite the fact that the process has been destabilized by non-cooperation from the family since the children were found last year. Our investigators were prevented from obtaining a statement from the victims with the father of the victims opting to obtain the interdict against the police. It was very important for the police to interview the victims so that we could establish a lead which could probably lead us to the arrest of the perpetrators. We have since received the report that the family has moved to Dubai.”
The children were found in Vuwani outside Thohoyandou in November after they were dropped off by kidnappers.