Kidnapped boy (5) found unharmed

2014-07-21 08:33

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The five-year-old boy that was kidnapped during a hijacking in Bronkhorstspruit has been found at a shelter in central Johannesburg.

"The boy was taken to the shelter after he was found wandering in the streets of Johannesburg," Captain Sarah Mcira said today.

It was not clear who took him to the shelter.

She said the boy was reunited with his family this morning after they had identified him.

"Police and the boy's parents picked the boy up at the shelter."

Mcira said police were still looking for the hijackers.

Mongezi Phike was with his father when their car was hijacked by four men on Tuesday.

The boy and his father were in a car at an intersection in Masada, Bronkhorstspruit, when the men approached the car. Two of them were armed.

According to a report, a family friend said the men allegedly tied the father's hands and feet with wire, covered his head with a plastic bag and wrapped tape around his neck.

His identity document, wallet, credit cards and phone were taken.

The friend said the father was hit on the head and left for dead at a construction site, while the hijackers fled with Phike.

The father was later found and taken to a hospital in Delmas.

Earlier, Gauteng police offered a reward of R50?000 for information about Phike's hijacking, as well as R50 000 for information on a separate hijacking involving another child.

The other reward was for information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects who dragged a four-year-old boy outside a hijacked car in Reiger Park on the East Rand on Saturday, said Colonel Noxolo Kweza.

The boy died.

Police said the boy was travelling in a City Golf with his mother, father and sister on Saturday night when the family was approached by three men.

They ordered the family to get out of the vehicle and the four-year-old was left in his safety belt.

The hijackers got in the car and drove away with the boy hanging outside of the vehicle.

The car was later discovered in Boksburg with the dead boy still strapped in his seatbelt.

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