Moti brothers found, safely reunited with their family

The Moti brothers Zidan, 7, Zayyad, 11, Alaan, 13 and Zia, 15, have been returned to their family. Image: Supplied

The South African Police Service has confirmed that the four Moti brothers, Zidan, Zayyad, Alaan, and Zia Moti – all aged between 6 -15 have been found and safely reunited with their family last night.

The brothers were on their way to school in Polokwane at approximately 07:00am on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 when they were taken at gunpoint by their abductors. A group of men with rifles and handguns cornered their vehicle and forcefully removed them.

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. Police arranged a doctor who confirmed that the children are in good health before they were handed over to their parents. The children also appeared to be in high spirits during the reunion with their parents.

The brothers have not yet been interviewed but today investigators will arrange for the SAPS psychologists to assist with that.

“The investigation into the case of kidnapping is still continuing and we are appealing to anyone who can assist with information that will help bring the kidnappers to book are asked to please contact the police”, police said in a statement.

Information can be communicated via the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111 or via MySAPSApp. All information will be treated with strictest confidence and callers may remain anonymous.