Johannesburg Police Rescue Little Girl, 3, Kidnapped for R1 Million Ransom, 4 People Arrested

Johannesburg Police Rescue Little Girl, 3, Kidnapped for R1 Million Ransom, 4 People Arrested

  • The South African Police Service in Johannesburg has recused a little girl who was taken for ransom at school
  • One of the kidnappers, who was a woman pretended to be the child's nanny when she took her and later asked the family to pay R1 million for her return
  • The recuse mission took place on Monday and the police managed to arrest all four suspects and confiscated their items

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JOHANNESBURG - A three-year-old girl has been reunited with her family after she was taken from her school in Springs, Johannesburg. The little girl was kidnapped by a woman who pretended to be her nanny.

The group of kidnappers then contacted the family and demanded they pay R1 million for the safe return of the child.

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The police in Johannesburg have rescued a little girl who was kidnapped for ransom. Image: Roger Sedres
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According to News24, the kidnappers were caught during a foiled ransom drop on Monday, 25 April. The exchange took place near Eastgate Mall on Monday night and instead of walking away with the ransom, the kidnappers were ambushed by the police.

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Police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe says four people were arrested in connection with the kidnapping. The police also confiscated two unlicensed guns and cars on the scene.

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National Police Commissioner congratulates Gauteng police

General Fannie Masemola, the National Police Commissioner has congratulated the Gauteng police for a job well done. He stated that the rescue team's sleepless nights have paid off since the child has been safely returned home.

Masemola stated that such police efforts will ensure kidnapping syndicates will be stopped.

According to IOL, the people responsible for the kidnapping are believed to be Ethiopian nationals.

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Briefly News previously reported that a 16-year-old girl, fortunately, was able to escape from a car after she was allegedly kidnapped by four men in Zwelisha in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 12 February.

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The teenage girl had walked to a tuck shop close to her home at around 2pm when a Volkswagen Polo stopped next to her.

The men then forced the girl into the car and gagged her when she tried to scream for help. One of the suspects then threatened her with a knife, ensuring that she obeyed their demands. According to a press release sent to Briefly News by security company Reaction Unit SA(RUSA), the men drove the teenage girl to a remote area in Inanda.

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