Johannesburg – Relief and Joy have visited a Soweto family.
Their four-month-old baby boy kidnapped earlier this week has been brought home to them by the South African Police Service (SAPS).
Commenting on the successful rescue on Thursday, Brigadier Athlenda Mathe said it took the SAPS Anti-Kidnapping Task Team less than 24 hours to find the baby.
“The child has since been safely reunited with his family,” said Brigadier Mathe.
On the day in question, the anxious and shaken family, who remain anonymous for now, reported to the police that their “bundle of joy” was snatched outside their home in Dobsonville, Soweto.
The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon, (6 June 2023).
The SAPS immediately mobilised a search party comprising specialised units.
“The SAPS team traced the baby to the Roodepoort mining area just after 23:00 on the same night,” said Brigadier Mathe.
“The infant was rescued and taken to a nearby health facility for medical examination.
“Once cleared, the infant was safely reunited with his parents.”
Brigadier Mathe said a manhunt has since been launched for the kidnappers who fled into the bushes and evaded arrest when the police swooped on their den.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact their nearest police station or call the crime stop hotline number on 08600 10111.