Kathlego’s father says he never thought such would happen to them

The police are appealing to anyone with any information to assist the family find the boy.


The father of the kidnapped eMalahleni boy says he always heard stories of people being kidnapped on TV but never thought it would also happen to him.

“These things are happening. We see them on TV and we never thought they would happen to us but the reality is that they are happening,” the 53-year-old Lolo Marite said.

He was reacting to the news of the kidnapping of his 13-year-old son Kathlego Marite who was kidnapped on Sunday – 20 May – by three unknown men.

A ransom letter was delivered to the man’s home in Tasbet Park’s Extension 1 and it demands 15 Bitcoins – which in Rands is approximately R1.5 million.

It says one of the 15 Bitcoins should be paid on 21 May 2018 and the remaining at a later date “to secure your child’s safe release”.

The police have described the case as a first of its kind.

Marite said together with his wife Mirriam they were inside the house when Kathlego left to go play with the neighbours’ kids.

“He said he wanted to take a walk with the dogs and play with the friends. He had the gate key with him,” Marite said.

A gold Toyota Corolla stopped near the kids while they were playing in Frangipani street and one of the three men in it got out and snatched Kathlego.

The car disappeared in the corners of the Tasbet Park suburb.

Marite said when the other kids informed them of the kidnapping they rushed to look where the car disappeared to with their son. A case of kidnapping was the opened with the eMalahleni cops.

“When we came back we found a letter inside a lunch box,” he said on Tuesday.

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The letter says that the family has until 27 May 2018 to pay all 15 Bitcoins to an online address they provided “to secure your child’s safe release”.

“If all these demands are met your child will not be harmed,” the letter reads.

“Failure to comply will result in your child being hanged then decapitated. A copy of the video will be delivered to your,” it says.

Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi says they are appealing to anybody with any information to call 071 352 6007 or 08600 10111.

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Cops insist they will be involved despite warning from Bitcoin thugs

An appeal has been made to the public to help the family find their child.


The police in eMalahleni say there is no way they cannot be involved in the matter of 13-year-old Kathlego Marite.

Spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said they will be involved definately.

Kathlego, a Grade 7 pupil at the Duvha Park Primary School, was kidnapped on Sunday afternoon by three unknown men while playing with other kids near his home in Tasbet Park’s Extension 1, eMalahleni.

A car stopped next to the kids in Frangipani street and one of the three men got out and snatched Kathlego.

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In an apparent ransom letter, the men are demanding 15 Bitcoins – not in Rands – and to “not involve the police! We are monitoring all your communications and movements,” it said.

15 Bitcoins is an amount of around R1.5 million.

“There is no way police cannot be involved,” Hlathi said this week Tuesday.

“Where a crime is committed the police will definately be involved,” he said.

“You can’t say we should not be involved. We understand the concern for the victim’s safety but not being involved is also a problem,” said Hlathi.

He appealed to the communities to help with any information that can help recover the boy.

“If the community sees them they must not approach them. They must alert us,” Hlathi said.

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

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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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