Photo: Social media
Photo: Social media
The four Moti brothers were allegedly dropped off next to a road in Vuwani on Wednesday night by their kidnappers.
Vuwani is a town in Vhembe District Municipality in the Limpopo province, about 2 hours from Polokwane, where the brothers were kidnapped.
The boys – Zidan, Zayyad, Alaan, and Zia Moti – all aged between 6 -15, were abducted on their way to school in Polokwane at approximately 07:00 on Wednesday 20 October 2021. Seven men with R5 rifles and handguns cornered their vehicle and forcefully removed them.
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo, police received a call from the resident in Vuwani on Wednesday night.
“Last night, the police in Vuwani received a call from a local resident saying that the children arrived at their house saying they were dropped off on a nearby road.
“Police arranged a doctor who confirmed that the children are in good health before they were handed over to their parents. The children also appeared to be in high spirits during the reunion with their parents,” Naidoo said.
He added that the brothers have not yet been interviewed, but investigators will arrange for the SAPS psychologists to assist with that today (Thursday).
The Moti family released the following statement:
“The parents of Zia, Alaan, Zayyad and little Zidan, Naazim and Shakira Moti are overjoyed by the return of their four sons. We thank Almighty Allah for accepting the our prayers and the prayers of so many in South Africa.
“We wish to express our sincere gratitude to South African Police Services, our political parties, the media, all the social media influencers and everyone who prayed for the safety of our children.
“We are thankful that they were set free and when we received a phone call to fetch the children we rushed to, the scene full of hope. All of South Africa supported us and we want to thank one and all for their support and kind prayers. We are looking forward to healing as a family and will appreciate some privacy for a while. We will talk to the media within a few days.” Naazim and Shakira Moti
Police furthermore said the investigation into the case of kidnapping is still continuing.
“We are appealing to anyone who can assist with information that will help bring the kidnappers to book are asked to please contact the police,” Naidoo said.
Information can be communicated via the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111 or via MySAPSApp. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence, and callers may remain anonymous.