Kidnapped boys rescued by community from hut in Graskop, Mpumalanga

When the boys were rescued, they had multiple visible wounds and seemed confused.

A woman was severely assaulted by Graskop residents after two kidnapped boys, aged 15, were discovered in a hut where she lives on Friday. The woman (49) is currently in hospital under police guard. She, a boy (17) and a man (24) were arrested in connection with the incident.

According to provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, the two boys from two separate families, were allegedly locked up at a house in Graskop without the knowledge of their parents. The police were not informed of the children’s disappearance.

Mohlala says that a group of community members went to the house after they learned that the boys might be kept there. They confronted a woman about the children’s whereabouts and she allegedly told them that the boys were in Marite, Bushbuckridge.

The group did not believe her and forced their way into a hut where they found the boys.

“The boys appeared to be in an unstable state of mind. They also had visible wounds on their bodies,” Mohlala says.

He says the woman was assaulted by the group of people where after police were called to intervene. They managed to rescue the woman from the group. She, together with a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man, were arrested on charges of kidnapping.

The woman was taken to hospital under police guard while the other two suspects were kept in custody.

Japhet Sekatane (24), has already appeared in the Graskop Magistrate’s Court. He was remanded in custody and his matter was postponed to July 12 for further investigation.

The third suspect, who is a minor, is expected to appear in court soon.

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