Fears of a kidnapping syndicate operating in Delft, Western Cape, emerged this week after two boys were snatched from their homes, apparently by the same men.
Fortunately both boys, aged 11 and 12, managed to escape their captors.
The most recent incident happened in Leiden on Wednesday where the 12-year-old boy was taken from his home.
His mother says she rushed to the police after her niece told her a man tried to steal their TV and, when he was caught, he grabbed the boy instead and drove off in a white Toyota Tazz.
“On my way to the police station, I saw neighbourhood watch members who called the police on their radio and they gave chase,” says the mom, who asked not to be identified.
“My son says after he saw knives and sticks in the car, he slowly and quietly opened the door and jumped out of the moving car and fell into the bushes on Stellenbosch Arterial.”
The 32-year-old woman says the suspects drove off: “But we are now left scared because they said they would come back and take my son.”
On Tuesday, the 11-year-old boy was snatched from his Voorbrug home.
The alleged abductor brazenly walked into the house and also tried to steal a TV.
The child’s traumatised aunt says her mom caught the suspect trying to unplug the TV.
“When she asked what he was doing, he said my sister sent him to take the TV, they were swapping TV sets,” says the 36-year-old woman.
“She immediately came to tell me and before we could reach the door, we heard tyres screeching.
“I could only see the back of the Toyota Hiace with Boston School Bus written on it.”
The shocked woman said she didn’t see the boy and called the police.
“When I was busy making calls, I noticed that my nephew’s friends were walking down the road. They told me that the men took the boy with them, and that they had no idea where they were going.
“After 15 minutes, my nephew came home in his father’s friend’s taxi.
“He told me that one of the men told him to go to a house in Leiden and ask them about their TV, but when he noticed that they were not following him to the house, he ran off and found his way home.”
Police spokesperson Colonel Andre Traut says: “Delft police have been alerted to the incident you are referring to, but no criminal cases have been registered for investigation.”
– Daily Voice