Latest on kidnapping: Four boys STILL missing

The parents of the kidnapped children are appealing to the public to assist in the search for them while the police search operation has been expanded to other provinces.

Latest on kidnapping: Four boys STILL missing

The four kidnapped sons of a prominent Limpopo businessman are STILL missing despite rumours on social media that they have been found.

NO WORD ON A RANSOM DEMAND FROM KIDNAPPERS

Police confirmed on Thursday that boys had not been found, and there has still been no word on a ransom demand from the kidnappers.

The boys – Zidan, Zayyad, Alaan, and Zia Moti – all aged between 6 -15, were kidnapped on their way to school in Polokwane at approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 20 October 2021. Seven men with R5 rifles and handguns cornered their vehicle and forcefully removed them.

Police launched a massive manhunt on Wednesday for the seven men.

Police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed that the children had not been located yet.

“We have established a multi-faceted team of investigators and other role players with the relevant expertise to handle such a case.”

He said this team is led by the deputy provincial commissioner responsible for crime detection, Major General Samuel Manala.”

According to reports, a source close to the investigation unofficially confirmed that leads are being followed up about the children possibly having been driven to another province, but due to the sensitivity of the investigation more information cannot be made public.

Mojapelo has called on anyone with information relevant to the kidnapping case to contact them on the 24-hour Crime Stop number on 086-001-0111.

“The 64-year-old driver allegedly fetched the children from Nirvana and was driving along the R37 road, near the N1 bypass, when he was suddenly blocked by two vehicles, a white Kia Sorento and black Mercedes Benz. A total of seven occupants from the two vehicles, dressed in white overalls, alighted and started firing shots randomly.”

The family appealed to the public to assist by supplying any information or CCTV footage that might be helpful.

Meanwhile, the Limpopo Department of Social Development has dispatched a team of social workers to support the Moti family in their ordeal. MEC Nkakareng Rakgoale said in a statement.

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The Limpopo Department of Social Development has dispatched a team of social workers to the Moti family of Polokwane.

“The violent way in which the children were taken is disturbing and their safety is of a serious concern.

“A team of social workers will this morning visit the family to start with the provision of psychosocial support. As a parent, I can only try to imagine what the Moti couple is going through. It is very upsetting.

“We urge anyone with information about the whereabouts of these children to contact the police. Our social workers will be with the family, while we are still praying and hoping for the safe return of the children.”

Another team of social workers will also extend their psychosocial support services to the school the children are attending.

Rakgoale and her counterpart from the Department of Transport and Community Safety, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya, are expected to visit the family later on Thursday.

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