Snatched Cape Town boy safe - report

2012-09-27 11:46

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Cape Town - A Cape Town boy is back with his family after being snatched by four men who apparently wanted to sell his body parts for muti, the Daily Voice reported on Thursday.

The newspaper reported that 4-year-old Lukhanyo Mtshengu was bundled into a red Toyota Corolla at about 09:00 on Tuesday on Idada Avenue in Khayelitsha.

Witnesses took down the car registration and alerted the police. The men were found and brought back to the area, where they were met by an angry mob.

The boy's aunt Lungiswa Mtshengu, 24, said the men were asked why they had taken the child.

"One of the men admitted they were sent to get a child. But when they took the child to the sangoma they were told he was too dark and that he wanted a lighter-skinned child," she was quoted as saying.

"After discovering that Lukhanyo didn't meet their boss's standards, they dumped him about 500m away from where he was playing."

A resident discovered the naked boy holding his wet clothes on a street corner. He was eventually returned home.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said the men, aged 56, 42, and 24, were charged with kidnapping and were still in custody.

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