Police rescue kidnapped girl, 3 – syndicate demanded millions in ransom


A three-year-old girl was reunited with her family on Monday, 25 April after she was kidnapped for ransom last week. Four suspects – believed to be members of an organised crime syndicate – were arrested when they tried to pick up the ransom near East Gate Mall in Johannesburg.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe said the child was kidnapped on Thursday, 21 April.

She was snatched from her school in Springs by a woman who posed as her childminder.

“Following her kidnapping, her alleged kidnappers had demanded millions of rands for her safe return,” said Mathe.

The police National Task Team took control of the investigation. On Monday, at approximately 20:00, the Task Team led a multidisciplinary operation, which eventually led to the suspects’ arrest.

“As soon as the suspects arrived to collect the ransom money, the team swooped in on the four suspects and rescued the little girl,” said the police spokesperson.

The authorities also seized two unlicensed firearms and two vehicles at the scene.

The three-year-old was returned to her family unharmed.

The new National Commissioner of SAPS, General Fannie Masemola, said the authorities were closing in on organised criminal syndicates involved in kidnappings for ransom.

“This should definitely serve as a deterrent to others who are involved in such criminality.  We are surely closing in on these syndicates, their days are indeed numbered”, said General Fannie Masemola

Mathe added that parents and guardians are encouraged to provide the full names and details of their next of kin or guardians so that strangers do not have easy access to children at schools.

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