Alleged kidnappers wanted to perform ritual on 4-year-old Durban girl, say cops

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Gallo Images/Die Burger/Jaco Marais
  • Four people were stopped in their tracks by the police for allegedly planning to perform a ritual on a child they had kidnapped in KwaZulu-Natal. 
  • The suspects, aged 17 to 79, will appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday. 
  • The four-year-old was playing with other children at Dayal Road sports ground when an unknown man called her over and walked away with her.

Four suspects, aged 17 to 79, have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a four-year-old girl in Durban on Friday.

They were reportedly planning to perform a ritual on her in rural Nkandla on Saturday.  

The suspects will appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday facing a charge of kidnapping.  

Brighton Beach police arrested them in Durban's largest township, Umlazi, on Saturday.

The child has since been reunited with her mother.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said she was abducted while playing with other children at Dayal Road sports grounds.

READ Grandmother and church leader arrested in connection with marriage of Eastern Cape girl, 15

"According to the victim's friend's [mother], they were playing at Dayal Road sports ground when an unknown man, who was sitting not far from where they were playing, called them to come nearer and play next to him."

Mbhele added eyewitnesses saw both the victim and the suspect walking away.

She said the child's mother was called by a neighbour at around 13.40 while at work, informing her they had spotted an unknown man walking with her daughter.   

She was shocked to hear the news as the child's father was in Malawi, added Mbhele, saying a kidnapping case was opened at Brighton Beach police station and a search team was immediately formed.

"After an intensive investigation by the team, the child was found at Q Section in Umlazi. The victim was found unharmed and reunited with her mother."

READ | Katlehong kidnap rescue: EMPD female officer among five arrested

Mbhele said all four suspects were immediately arrested and taken to the Brighton Beach police station for further processing.

"It is further alleged that the suspects were going to leave at 06:30 this morning to Nkandla to perform a ritual with the child."

She declined to reveal the gender of the other suspects or describe the type of ritual that was going to be performed on the child.

Mbhele added the police team was commended for their quick response which led to the arrest of suspects and the recovery of the missing girl.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
The ANC's leadership race is heating up. Who do you think will be elected party president at Nasrec in December?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has got it in the bag
7% - 363 votes
I foresee a second term for Cyril Ramaphosa
82% - 4466 votes
Don’t discount a Zweli Mkhize win
12% - 631 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.