Moti Brothers Back Home, Cops Had No Contact

Police on Thursday said they did not have any communication with the kidnappers during the three weeks the Moti Brothers were held captive.

Speaking to Radio 702  just hours after the four brothers were reunited with their parents, national police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said there was no contact with the kidnappers.

Brigadier Naidoo said the four Moti brothers, Zidan, Zayyad, Alaan, and Zia Moti – aged between 6 and 15 – were reunited with their family on Wednesday night.

“Last night the police in Vuwani received a call from a local resident saying that the children arrived at their house saying they were dropped off on a nearby road,” said Brigadier Naidoo.

He said the boys were examined by a doctor and given a clean bill of health before they went home.

Brigadier Naidoo said the children – who had no injuries – appeared to be in high spirits during the reunion with their parents.

“The children have not yet been interviewed but today investigators will arrange for the SAPS [SA police Service] psychologists to assist with that,” said Naidoo.

He said police experts would interview the boys to try and establish details about their three-week ordeal.

Recounting the kidnapping, the police spokesperson said the brothers were on their way to school in Polokwane at about 07:00 on Wednesday, 20 October, when a group of men with rifles and handguns cornered their vehicle and forcefully removed them.

He said the investigation into the kidnapping continues.

“We are appealing to anyone who can assist with information that will help bring the kidnappers to book and are asked to please contact the police,” said Brigadier Naidoo.

Information can be communicated via the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111 or via MySAPSApp. 

“All information will be treated with the strictest confidence and callers may remain anonymous,” assured Brigadier Naidoo.