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Traditional healer nabbed for kidnapping at mall in Thabong

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free State


THABONG – A mother (33) came to Thabong Police Station to register a Missing Persons File after her girl (one year nine months) was kidnapped in a mall in Thabong on 06 January 2024. Preliminary investigation was conducted by the SAPS members together with Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit members. Video footage from the mall was obtained. A man was seen taking a child and entered with her inside the sedan and drove off from the mall.

The police initiated the search and visited all the gatherings of traditional healers in Thabong, until the information came about Extention 15 Hani Park Bronville.

The child was found safe and brought back to the parents on 07 January 2024. A 45-year-old male person was arrested for kidnapping and he will appear soon in Welkom Magistrate Court.

The District Commissioner of Lejweleputswa, Maj Gen Tholie Afonso sternly warn parents to always keep their children close to them especially while busy with their shopping spree and know their whereabouts even at their homes.


Captain Stephen Thakeng