Tebogo Msimanga |
Three victims, a 31-year-old nanny, a house owner aged 45 and her 18 months old baby girl survived an ordeal of being snatched out of the house and then kidnapped and robbed of their personal belongings by suspects at Schoemansdal in Nkomazi.
It is said that on Tuesday, 19 July 2022 at about 19h30, three armed male suspects wearing balaclavas and face masks stormed into a certain house at Buffelspruit and then held their victims at gunpoint and demanded cash, mobile phones, bank cards as well as car keys.
Mpumalanga Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said it is further indicated by the victims that they were forced into a gold Toyota Run-X which belongs to the house owner. They were then driven away into the bush at Hectorspruit near Komatipoort.
Upon intruding, the suspects allegedly instructed the house owner to log into a bank app on her mobile phone. Subsequently, a transaction of an undisclosed amount of cash was made. One of the suspects is said to have then went to Malelane and cash out the money whilst the three victims remained in the bush with the other two suspects.
Mohlala said on the following day, around 03h00 am, the victims were instructed by their assailants to walk away and never look back. “The victims were then given a lift by a good Samaritan and subsequently reached home. They then reported the incident to the police at Schoemansdal whereby a case of kidnapping with an additional charge of robbery was opened”.
So far no one has been arrested and police urge anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects to call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111.