News 15.1.2016 01:10 pm

Five men in court after child, 3, went missing

The photo of the three-year-old missing child. Picture: Mpumalanga News

The photo of the three-year-old missing child. Picture: Mpumalanga News

Police said one of the suspects confessed to the kidnapping of the child.

The case against the five men who were arrested after the disappearance of a 3-year-old child from Mgobodzi in Mpumalanga in November 29, has been postponed.

The child’s uncle, Sgodvo Maziya who is also well-known as a Jericho church member and another Jericho member known to the community as Jabulani “Mjeb” Ndlovu were among the suspects who were arrested and they have all appeared at the Tonga Magistrates` Court, Mpumalanga News reported.

Police said one of the suspects confessed to the kidnapping of the child.

It is alleged the suspects were aiming to kill the child for muti but nothing has been confirmed yet and the remains of the child have not been found to confirm the suspect’s confession.

Angry community members were protesting outside court asking for the authorities to release the suspects so they can deal with them. They promised to kill the suspects if they were released on bail.

The suspects were remanded in custody after they appeared in court today. They will reappear on January 27 for a formal bail application.

Police have urged anyone with information regarding the disappearance of the child to report the matter to Tonga police station.

In a separate incident, the family of 9-year-old Zinhle Ndala, who went missing last week in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, have pleaded for the safe return of the child.

Zinhle was last seen in Mamelodi East’s Section SNS last Monday afternoon.

Her aunt, Mavis Ndala, 48, said she last saw her niece playing with friends but she never came home.

“When we noticed she was not home we went outside to look for her, but could not find her. We called the community who helped look for her but she was nowhere to be found,” said Ndala.

Mamelodi residents have since joined forces with the Community Policing Forum, Cosas, the police dog unit as well as local pastors to find the missing girl.

Zinhle was last seen wearing a green T-shirt, blue jeans and brown pumps.

Her aunt pleaded with whoever may have taken the grade 3 learner to bring her back unharmed.

– Caxton News Service

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