- A teenage boy was kidnapped in Witbank this weekend
- The kidnappers have demanded a ransom in Bitcoin currency that is valued at R1.5 million from the distraught parents
On the 20th of May 13-year old Katlego Marite was kidnapped while playing outside.
Katlego and his friends were playing in Witbank Frangipani Street in Tasbetpark Extension 03.
At about 15:30 a gold-coloured Toyota Corolla drove up to the playing children and stopped next to them.
Suddenly one of the three occupants of the car grabbed Katlego, forced him into the car and the kidnappers sped off. The man was described as dressed in black with a green jacket.
The frightened children ran to Katlego's mother who immediately reported the kidnapping to the police.
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the kidnappers left a ransom note demanding an amount in the form of Bitcoin. The amount is equal to R1.5 million.
Before the kidnapping, Katlego's parents didn't even know what Bitcoin currency is.
Since then a case of kidnapping has been opened and the Witbank police are looking for any information that could lead to the discovery of the boy.
The audacity of the kidnappers has shocked South Africans.
Worried South Africans have spoken up on Facebook, hoping for Katlego's safe return.
Oh my God this is so scary guys, my thoughts and prayers are with his family, and also pray for his safe return - Masentle Monakale
Oh Jesus!.....pliz God have mercy n protect him...how about his parents? What are they going through???? Pliz dear God!! Jackie Kabute
Wats going in this world I just pray that God protect him n return him safe my prayers goes to his family with lots of love - Betha Dube
Hope they get him home, safe and sound. Strength to the family at this trying time. I can't begin to imagine what they are going through. Carla Mendonça Ward
The police urge anyone who may have seen or heard something to please assist in the investigation and to contact Captain Africa Nyathi at 071 352 6007 or to call the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111.
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