Tasbet boy disappears in front of friends

They were playing in the street when three men took them by surprise.

The police in eMalahleni are appealing to the community to help them find 13-year-old Kathlego Marite.

Kathlego was kidnapped by three unknown men while playing with friends in the eMalahleni area of Tasbet Park this week.

Cops say the men were driving a gold Toyota Corolla on Monday afternoon and when the car stopped near them, one of the men in the car got out and took Kathlego.

The incident happened in Frangipani street, Tasbet Park Extension 1.

Police say Kathlego’s friends saw one of the men was wearing a green jacket

“Kathlego’s friends ran to his mom and told her about the ordeal. She in turn reported the incident to the police,” police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said.

Anyone with information should call the cops on 071 352 6007 or 08600 10111.

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‘Gabisile had only started secondary school’ – principal

The story of the kidnapping of the child is an emotional one and everyone prays she is not found murdered by the men.

The eMalahleni girl who was kidnapped on 28 January 2018 while asleep with her mom had just started secondary school, the school principal said.

Gabisile Shabane (13) had only been at the Leonard Ntshuntshe Secondary School in the eMalahleni township of Kwa-Guqa for 8 days.

She had just started her Grade 8 before the ordeal befell her and a Parliamentary committee is shocked at her abduction.

The school principal spoke to the Parliamentary committee while it was busy with oversight visits in the province.

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“Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education learnt with shock of the abduction of a young learner. The committee was busy with its week-long oversight visit to schools in the province when it was informed by the acting school principal, Mr T Nkosi, that a 13-year-old girl who had only been in the school for eight days and who has albinism, was abducted in the early hours of Sunday morning from the family home,” committee chairwoman Nomalungelo Gina said in a statement on Friday morning this week (2 Feb).

The three men who entered the house of Gabisile’s 50-year-old mom in the Hlalanikahle township on Sunday night after breaking a front window to the dining room and pointing a gun at her.

They mistakenly took a 15-month-old baby, which they thought was another baby who also has albinism and lives in the same family. Both children are still missing.

'Gabisile had only started secondary school' - principal

Kidnapped 15-month-old Nkosinathi Ngwenya

“This is criminal,” Gina charged.

“It is ridiculous that in this day and age people with albinism are not safe.

We call on the community to stand together to assist in finding these children. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure the safety of all children and learners. Children have the right to safety and security, she said.

“We will keep these children and families in our prayers, she added.

The principal told the committee that the school is doing everything in its power to assist the family during this difficult time.

Anyone with information should call the cops on 082 372 2195, 082 600 8532, 073 995 7655 or 08600 10 111.

Help police find one of Gabisile Shabane's kidnappers

SAPS IDENTIKIT. 13-year-old Gabisile Shabane’s alleged kidnapper.

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Klarinet girl is raped two times

She was raped by a man who lured her to his house in a black Audi.

A 15-year-old girl from the eMalahleni township of Klarinet was raped two times, the Witbank News reports, by a man she doesn’t know.

The police are investigating the incident which took place two weeks ago around the eMalahleni area, on 9 and 10 October 2017.

It is suspected the child was drugged after she got into the guy’s car on the Monday afternoon of 9 October 2017.

The girl told her mom on the next day that she was asked for directions and the next thing she remembers she was in a strange house.

The paper reported this week that while the child was giving the driver directions she began feeling dizzy.

The man was driving a black Audi. Klarinet is an RDP settlement north west of the city.

Lying on the bed on the Monday night of 9 October, she woke up next to the driver carrying a gun, threatening to kill her if she made noise, the paper reported.

He then raped her and left her to sleep. The next morning he woke her up and raped her once more.

A case of kidnapping and rape was opened by the mother’s child with the eMalahleni cops on 10 October 2017.

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Notorious fraudster awaits sentence after R5m fraud

A 34-year-old eMalahleni woman awaits sentencing after she pleaded guilty to R5m fraud, according to reports on Thursday.

Now Leandri Snyman awaits the eMalahleni Magistrates Court to hand down a sentence when she returns to the dock on 22 March 2017.

The woman was arrested by cops on 2 June 2015 and faced 22 counts of fraud, Caxton Media reported.

She worked as a payroll administrator for a company called Tedoc between August 2012 and May 2015 and during this time siphoned an amount of R5m to her bank account.

Snyman’s responsibilities at Tedoc included making payments to various creditors, maintaining union subscriptions, payments to SARS and the Metal Industries Benefit Fund (MIBFA).

According to reports, Snyman had access to the company’s two bank accounts – Standard Bank and First National Bank – and channelled money from these accounts to her own.

The court also found that:

– In June 2010, Snyman was found guilty of fraud by the Delmas Magistrates Court and was sentenced to five years, which was suspended for five years.

– In 2011, Snyman committed another crime in Tshwane, was found guilty for fraud and was sentenced to three years correctional services, seven years imprisonment which was suspended for five years.

She will be back on the Wednesday morning of 22 March next month for sentencing.

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