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Police launch manhunt following the kidnapping of two cousins in Brits

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner North West


POTCHEFSTROOM –Brits Police have launched a search for three unknown suspects following the alleged kidnapping of two cousins; Zahraa Mohammed (17) and Bataviya Mohammed (19). The pair were allegedly kidnapped in front of a primary school in Brits this morning.

Reports suggest that the cousins were driving from Bataviya’s home in Brits going to school in Hartbeesportdam when the car they were driving in was bumped from the front by a maroon Audi A3, thus forcing it to stop. Allegedly, two armed men came out of the Audi A3 and ordered the cousins to get into a white Volkswagen Polo GTI that was driving behind the Audi A3. The suspects also got into the VW Polo GTI and fled the scene with the victims inside. The victims' Mercedes Benz and the Audi A3 were found at the scene.

Police request anyone who may have information that can assist in the investigations to contact the Station Commander of Brits, Brigadier Ellen Emmanuel on 082 447 7447.


Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani
082 373 9719