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Kidnapped children rescued

Media Statement from Kwazulu-Natal Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison
South African Police Service

A joint operation led by the Newcastle FCS Commander Captain Nagesh Moothilal, Newcastle K9 Unit and Madadeni Detectives yielded positive results when they rescued three children this afternoon that were kidnapped this morning at Madadeni. The team went to a house in Inverness place, in Osizweni where three children were kept by the suspects. A total of four suspects aged between 20 and 26 were arrested after they were found in possession of an unlicensed pistol.  A hijacked vehicle has been recovered at Osizweni C section this afternoon. 

This morning at 06:45, the complainant was driving his uncle’s vehicle at Madadeni Section 7, when unknown males waved at him to show that there was something wrong with the tyre. The complainant was travelling with six kids in the vehicle. He stopped near Qaphelani School to check the tyres when the suspects threatened him with firearms. The suspects pulled him out of the vehicle and the passengers screamed. The suspects fled the scene with three kids with complainant’s BMW silver in colour.  The arrested suspects will appear in court soon on charges of carjacking, kidnapping, human trafficking and possession of an unlicensed firearm.



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