Mpumalanga police

Police were hunting for three armed men who robbed and kidnapped a woman, her baby and the nanny in Mpumalanga. PHOTO: Flickr

Woman, baby and nanny survive kidnapping by armed men

Police are on the hunt of three men who kidnapped a woman, her baby and nanny and robbed them before dumping them in bushes.

Mpumalanga police

Police were hunting for three armed men who robbed and kidnapped a woman, her baby and the nanny in Mpumalanga. PHOTO: Flickr

A woman, a baby and a nanny survived a kidnapping after being snatched from a house during a robbery.

The woman and nanny were also robbed of their belongings by the suspects at Schoemansdal in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga.


The incident happened on Tuesday at around 19:30. Three armed men wearing balaclavas and face masks stormed into a house at Buffelspruit. They held their victims at gunpoint and demanded cash, cellphones, bank cards and car keys, said police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

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“It is further indicated by the victims that they were forced into a gold Toyota Run-X, which belonged to the owner of the house [the woman]. They were then driven away into the bush of Hectorspruit near Komatipoort,” Mohlala said.

The suspects allegedly instructed the woman to log into her banking app from her cellphone. She was forced to make a transaction of an undisclosed amount of cash.

“One of the suspects is said to have then went to Malelane and cash out the money whilst the three victims remained in the bush with the other two suspects,” said Mohlala.

The woman, baby and nanny were dumped by the kidnappers in Hectorspruit near Komatipoort. PHOTO: Google Maps


Nearly eight hours after the ordeal, the robbers instructed their victims to walk away and never look back. This was around 03:00 the following morning.

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“The victims were then given a lift by a good Samaritan and subsequently reached home. They then reported the incident to the police at Schoemansdal whereby a case of kidnapping with an additional charge of robbery was oepend.”

No arrests have been made as yet.

The incident strongly worries the Mpumalanga police commissioner, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela. She says it cannot be allowed that criminals will force citizens to live in fear in their own houses.

“We believe that there is someone who knows or saw something somewhere. The public must come on board so that we can put an end to this trend before another victim is kidnapped. It is fortunate that all victims somehow returned home safely. Who knows what might happen to the next victim? It is paramount that members of the public who knows the whereabouts of these criminals to immediately report them to the authorities,” Manamela said.