Undertaker's toddler kidnapped at gunpoint

2015-11-27 14:37
Relebohile Tsotesti (Photo supplied by Pink Ladies)

Relebohile Tsotesti (Photo supplied by Pink Ladies)

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Johannesburg - A Meyerton mother has been left devastated after her 1-year-old son was snatched from his bed by a gang of armed men, police said on Friday.

The 36-year-old woman, who runs a funeral parlour, was on her way out of her house to collect a corpse at around 22:00 when she was accosted by three men, Constable Maria Mazibuko said.

Just minutes before, she had received a call from people who had pleaded for her to come and collect the body.

"She had just opened the burglary bar when the three men came and pointed a gun at her. They pushed her into the house and demanded the child," Mazibuko said.

The armed men forced her into the bedroom where they picked up a sleeping Relebohile Tsotesti.

The child, commonly called by his nickname Ditsebe, was dressed in a batman T-shirt and light blue shorts at the time.

"The other three kids and the mom were all then locked into the bathroom and the men left with the child. The motive for this kidnapping is not yet known," Mazibuko said.

The mother had separated from the children's father.

Speaking to News24, Mazibuko said the mother was talking to social workers at the police station.

Mazibuko said she was shaken up by the matter, but police would launch a full investigation into the incident and a kidnapping case had been opened.

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