Three young girls were reported as missing after hijackers drove off with them still in the vehicle. Fortunately the children were found, safe and without any lasting harm done.
Briefly.co.za reported on Monday that on the morning of 21 May 2019, three little girls in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal were kidnapped during a hijacking.
The distraught parents and family of the girls were asking for South Africans to help them find their children.
The girls are Nazia Jama - 6 years old, Naseem Jama - 11 years old, and Muneera Jama - 9 years old.
The girls were being taken to school along with three other cousins, when the driver was flagged down by people who were faking a faulty or flat tyre.
As soon as the driver stopped to try and help or offer assistance, the men pulled out firearms.
Thembeka Mbhele from the South African Police Service says that some of the children, the driver and a male passenger managed to get out of the car in time before the hijackers sped off with it.
The three missing girls, however, weren't fast enough.
But this story has a happy ending because the girls have been located and they may be a little shaken but they are unharmed and safe. The girls were extremely happy to be back with their family and friends.
They were found in oSizweni, along with the stolen vehicle.
Some of the suspects are still at large but luckily four of them have been apprehended in Madadeni.
The family is overjoyed that the little girls were found safe and with no physical harm done to them.
A big thank you goes out to the community of Newcastle for their assistance in the safe return of the girls.
According to the police, the men - aged between 20 and 26 - will be facing charges of kidnapping, possession of an unlicensed firearm, carjacking, and human trafficking.
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