The Citizen (KZN)

Two kidnapped girls rescued unharmed

- Faizel Patel

North West police have arrested seven suspects for kidnapping and extortion after two teenagers were allegedly brazenly abducted in front of a primary school in Brits this month.

Zahraa and Bataviya Mohammed were apparently found on Monday in a house at New Stands, Klipgat, near Winterveld and Mabopane.

The cousins, aged 17 and 19, are believed to have been snatched while on their way to school in Hartbeespo­ort.

In a brazen attack, Zahraa and Bataviya’s car was allegedly bumped from the front by a maroon Audi A3 to force it to stop.

Police said the preliminar­y investigat­ion revealed that the Audi A3 was reported to have been stolen in Garsfontei­n.

It is understood that two armed men got out of a white Volkswagen Polo GTI and ordered the cousins to get into their car before speeding off.

Police spokespers­on Sabata Mokgwabone said the cousins were examined by paramedics in the Klipgat police station’s victims-friendly room.

“They were found to be in a good state of health, except for exhaustion and trauma. They were safely reunited with their families without any visible injuries,” Mokgwabone said.

“The suspects are expected to appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court soon, facing two counts of kidnapping and extortion.”

Mokgwabone added the provincial commission­er of police in North West, Lieutenant-General Sello Kwena, had commended a multidisci­plinary team for their relentless efforts, which led to finding the cousins and the arrest of the suspects.

“He indicated that the arrests will, without doubt, sound a warning that those who commit crimes have no place to hide in society and will be exposed – as it happened in this case.”

Meanwhile, the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) is searching for a suspect on the run after intercepti­ng a kidnapping in Brooklyn, Pretoria, last weekend.

TMPD spokespers­on Senior Superinten­dent Isaac Mahamba said an investigat­ion was ongoing in connection with the kidnapping of a Pretoria woman.

Mahamba said the kidnap victim told officers she was robbed of her cellphone and the suspects forced her to give them her banking details.

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