Boy taken by hijackers found at shelter

2014-07-21 09:55

Johannesburg - The 5-year-old boy that was kidnapped during a hijacking in Bronkhorstspruit was found at a shelter in central Johannesburg, police said on Monday.

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

It was not clear who took him to the shelter.

She said the boy was reunited with his family on Monday 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.

On Sunday President Jacob Zuma issued an appeal for the boy's safe return.

  • Garrick Dunstan - 2014-07-21 09:59

    Thank god

  • Sanchez Sancho - 2014-07-21 10:02

    my BIGGEST fear is being hijacked and the hijackers go with my daughter. I am terrified of this. More terrified than anything!!!

  • Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-07-21 10:04

    So glad this young boy was found! There is something severely wrong with police enforcement in this country. They are spending MILLIONS in roadblocks to scare people into paying etolls, but criminals run free. This story is a clear example of just how SICK and INCOMPETENT the leaders of this country are.

  • Mzwakhe David - 2014-07-21 10:04

    thank God the boy was found alive

  • Sandra Ramugondo - 2014-07-21 10:12

    Thank you lord, you are worthy to be praised

  • Craig Lowe - 2014-07-21 10:18

    Bring Back The Death Penalty !

  • Zubeida Mahomed - 2014-07-21 10:19

    Thank u God!!!Only 5 year old and wandering the streets.No Mercy!!

  • Roddy Jardim - 2014-07-21 10:20

    Good news, but still angry at these thugs. I hope that the hijackers od the 4 year old who died in the hijacking earlier get what they deserve. I pray God gives the childs parents the strength to come to terms with the tragedy and that justice is delivered to the scum.

  • PaasHaas - 2014-07-21 10:21

    Great news and three cheers to the good Samaritan who found him and brought him in. However surely it should be standard procedure to take details from adult who brought him in.

  • Christina Setloboko - 2014-07-21 10:27

    No death penalty for this heartless beasts, just cut their hands off that they may never ever do anything again, I am just so angry that crime is becoming more and more in SA AND NO ONE IS DOING ANYTHING, this things go to jail get paroled in 2 years and they come worse than before, our justice sucks nxaaa

      Memeru Thelma - 2014-07-21 10:49

      Ausi Christina,its about time we deal with this criminals bcause our government is doing nothing.Swearing & calling them names is not going to help or stop them.Im starting a movement against crime & criminals.Whose with me?

  • Bloody Agent - 2014-07-21 10:37

    Excellent news!!!

  • Sulette Behnke - 2014-07-21 10:43

    Wow that's great news !

  • Thabani Ndlovu - 2014-07-21 10:48

    thanks to the almighty,he has served the kid from these cannibals,they must rot in jail if caught,police must investigate 24/7 to bring the culprits to book

  • bessie.dekock3491 - 2014-07-21 10:55

    Jacob Zuma??? Do I understand what I've just read. Has the man actually has a heart Now what about the kidnappers of the little boy who was dragged behind the kidnapped car for 10Km. What will Zuma do to find these people.

  • Jose Pereira - 2014-07-21 10:55

    Thank god for the good people that still exist in this country

  • Langa Kapueja - 2014-07-21 11:13

    #ForThoughtsSake; lets imagine JZ's appeal for the return of this Kid really helped {I mean, the thugs could have sold him to a witch for extra money}... wouldn't it be wise to salute him this once? I'm not saying forget all his own thuggery, but wouldn't our gratitude encourage him to atleast speak out more often and sternly against this senseless abuse and killing of our fellow countrymen and children across the board. I'm talking about farmers, my own kind in the townships, political affiliates, students in schools, police-wo/men, the works... Maybe I'm doing a bit of crazy goodwill searching here, but methinks Zuma could be our very own 'thug-whisperer'. He is a shady character after all. I will give Zuma a Bells for this move, maybe a nip for now and see how he does. Sad the other little Morris boy didn't make it.RIP

      Douglas Ross - 2014-07-21 12:38

      Zuma appealing for the childs safe return is just like the ANC always condemning violence during strike, brutal murders etc. They like to sound like they care without actually doing something.

      Langa Kapueja - 2014-07-21 13:06

      As I said Doug; #ForThoughtsSake...I don't have all the answers but I'll do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of my family and loved ones, hopefully do this before danger strikes. I'll do whatever I have to, under the circumstances, but I am in no way commanding that you should do the same.

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-07-21 13:11

      The child was dropped off at a shelter long before Zoomer opened his mouth, so no!

      Langa Kapueja - 2014-07-21 13:41

      Leigh, thanks for proving that I'm just a crazy goodwill hunter...I hope that your probing research to debunk my 'confessesed #thoughts and #imagination' will soon change our country for the better. I wish I could say; "Let me leave you in peace"...

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-07-21 11:13

    Thank goodness he was found unharmed. In the light of what we know about the other little boy killed so tragically, I suppose we should be grateful that in this case there wasn't anyone killed.

  • Samuel Modumaela - 2014-07-21 11:22

    dear parliamentiarians; can you please start being serious about the safety of tge citizens of south africa, the citizens that have voted for you to enjoy the nicities that you currently enjoying including many bodyguards that you have. can you please pass the legislation that whoever hurts,rape, kill and hijack our cars and steal our hard earned possessions to be removed from the societies and be stripped af all human rights that human being should have.i think this will discourage the high crime rate that south african is facing. why is not so high in Zimbabwe? why is not so high in Botswana? you know y, because their jails are jails not some fancy hotels that we have in south africa.

      Douglas Ross - 2014-07-21 12:39

      There is nothing worth while to steal in Zimbabwe so all the criminals moved here.

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-07-21 13:13

      Don't you understand, the government is wasting more energy on prosecuting law abiding citizens (NPA to set up special etoll courts). The criminals are laughing so hard! We live in a country where the criminals run free while the good people sit in jail... go figure.

  • Deborah d'Unienville - 2014-07-21 11:32

    Thank goodness, some GOOD news for a change, happy for the little chap and his family.

  • Lia Borges - 2014-07-21 11:55

    Samuel you couldn't have said it better!

  • Zilindile Gagule - 2014-07-21 12:16

    God is good as the young has been found safe.I do believe that those who hijacked that car their days are numbered too.

  • Zilindile Gagule - 2014-07-21 12:30

    I think there is something need to be done in S.A to those who will come to claim the stake of R50.000 b4 they have to be investigated first otherwise our kids will be the new way for thugs to get money by kidnapping them.And thanx to Mr President J.Zuma for pleading the safe return of the young boy,he did act as a leader.Now we plead with him J.Zuma to speed up the answersheet for Nkandla report then we will praise you more and over.

  • Adrian Wells - 2014-07-21 12:40

    Bring back the death penalty

  • Moses Dama - 2014-07-21 12:50

    thanx for 2 constable from jhb central police who found the boy at calton centre and organize shelter we perfoming our duties

  • - 2014-07-21 14:26

    Oh thank you Lord! I am so happy that both father and son are alive and that the little guy is back with his family! What a terrible ordeal for them both.

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