Cape Town – A Mpumalanga woman, her 18-month-old baby, and her nanny survived a seven-hour kidnapping ordeal on Tuesday.
The three were abducted from their Buffelspruit home by three masked men at gunpoint at around 19:30, police said in the statement.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said the victims were taken to a bushy area and only released after being robbed of their belongings, including an undisclosed amount of money.
“Three victims, aged 45 (the female homeowner), her 18-month-old baby, and their 31-year-old nanny survived to tell their fate after an ordeal of being snatched out of the house then kidnapped and robbed of their personal belongings by suspects at Schoemansdal in Nkomazi,
“It is said that on Tuesday at about 19:30 pm, three armed male suspects wearing balaclavas and face masks stormed into a certain house at Buffelspruit, Schoemansdal area, and then held their victims at gunpoint and demanded cash, mobile phones, bank cards as well as car keys,” said Mohlala.
The victims were then forced into the homeowner’s gold Toyota RunX and driven into the bush at Hectorspruit near Komatipoort.
“The suspects allegedly instructed the house owner to log on into a bank app on her mobile phone. Subsequently, a transaction of an undisclosed amount of cash was made.
“One of the suspects is said to have then gone to Malelane and cashed out the money whilst the three victims remained in the bush with the other two suspects,” said Mohlala.
He said at around 03:00 the next day, the victims were instructed to leave and never look back.
“The victims were given a lift by a good Samaritan and subsequently reached home. They reported the incident to the police at Schoemansdal whereby a case of kidnapping with an additional charge of robbery was opened,” Mohlala said.
No arrests have been made.
Police urged anyone with information to call the Crime Stop number 08600 10 111 or send information via the MySAPS App.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe