Tebogo Msimanga |
Two minors were allegedly kidnapped in Graskop on Friday, 17 June 2022. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnapping incident. On the said day two boys, both aged 15 from two separate families were allegedly locked up at a certain house in Graskop without the approval or knowledge of their parents.
Mpumulanga Police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala said after the information reached the community in the area, a group went to a house where the two kids were suspected to have been kept. He reiterated that the police were not informed.
“It is said that the group of people proceeded to the residence of a lady, thereby inquiring on the whereabouts of the kids upon arrival. However, the woman reportedly informed them that the children were not available at the time but were rather in Marite near BushbuckRidge”.
Mohlala said it is further indicated that these members of the community lost patience and reportedly forced their way through into a hut. They then found the two boys who appeared to have been in an unstable state of mind.
“It is further said that the children had some visible wounds on their bodies. “The woman is said to have then been assaulted by the group where she sustained some injuries. Police were alerted about the developments and they swiftly went to the scene to rescue the situation”.
The police arrested a 49-year-old woman, a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man on charges of kidnapping. The woman was taken to hospital for treatment under police guard whilst the other two males were detained.
The 24-year old man, Japhet Sekatane has already appeared in the Graskop Magistrate’s Court facing the said charges where he was remanded in custody and his matter is postponed to 12 July 2022 for further investigation.
Meanwhile, police are working in collaboration with probation officers as the other arrested suspect is a minor who is also expected to also appear in court soon.