Four suspects arrested for the kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl in Gauteng

A 3-year-old girl has been reunited with her family unharmed following a kidnapping incident which happened last week Thursday. The little girl was kidnapped by a woman who pretended to be her minder outside a school in Springs on the East Rand.

According to Gauteng police, the alleged kidnappers demanded R1 million for her safe release. On Monday evening at about 20:00, the kidnappers went to East Gate Mall to exchange the ransom for the little girl. The suspects were met by police and emergency services at the mall and were arrested. The child was found unharmed.

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

Fannie Masomela, the national commissioner of police, commended the team for doing a great job in arresting the four kidnapping suspects and reuniting the girl with her family. “Well done to the team who have ensured the safe return of the little girl, well and alive. The team’s sleepless nights have definitely paid off. We also thank our stakeholders for playing their part in ensuring that together we close in on these suspects and apprehend those who are behind this crime.

“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,” General Masomela said.

Source: News24, IOL, Eyewitness News, image from IOL

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