Brave rescue: 12-year-old boy freed after kidnapping by scholar transport driver

Mfareseni Nemaungani (12) was rescued by the police following the arrest of his school transport driver on 16 March. Investigation led the police to the driver’s home in Protea Glen where he was arrested. The boy had been reported missing on 14 March.

The team then proceeded to an apartment block in Kliptown which belongs to the driver’s mother where the 12-year-old boy was found. He has been reunited with his parents.

He has no visible injuries but he will be taken to hospital for medical attention. On 15 March 2024, the family received a call from an anonymous caller who demanded a ransom for the safe return of the 12-year-old boy.

The police changed the charge to kidnapping and brought in Hostage Negotiators as well as Organised Crime Investigators to assist in the investigation. The team made a breakthrough following countless interviews that were conducted with witnesses leading to the rescue and safe return of the boy.The suspect will be charged with kidnapping and he will be appearing before the Protea Magistrate’s Court soon.

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