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2022/06/22      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 21 April 2022-The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has vehemently condemned an incident in which two minors were allegedly kidnapped in Graskop on Friday, 17 June 2022. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnapping incident.

According to the report, on the said day two boys, both aged 15 from two seperate families were allegedly locked up at a certain house in Graskop without the approval or knowledge of their parents.

Subsequent to the information reaching the community in the area, a group converged to go to a house where the two kids were suspected to have been kept. Nonetheless, police in the area were not officially informed about the disappearance of the children.

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.

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 unstable state of mind.

It is further said that the children had some visible wounds in their bodies. The woman is said to have then been assaulted by the group where she sustained some injuries. Police were elerted about the developments and they swiftly went to the scene to rescue the situation.

They (police) then apprehended the 49-year-old woman as well as 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 was 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.