Family with baby kidnapped during robbery in Sabie


A family with a one-year-old baby was forced to get into their own Toyota Fortuner in the early hours of Friday morning when armed robbers raided their home in Sabie in Mpumalanga.

The victims were dropped off at the side of the road shortly afterwards and their stolen vehicle was recovered by the police the same day. However, the suspects are still at large.

Col. Donald Mdhluli, police spokesperson, says the incident took place between 02:00 and 03:00. The victims were still sleeping when the robbers gained access to their home.

The robbers were apparently very aggressive and pointed firearms at the victims.

“The suspects ordered the victims to remain calm and threatened to kill them if they did not cooperate.

“The suspects stole the victims’ personal belongings and demanded the keys to the Toyota Fortuner. After loading the stolen goods into the vehicle, they forced the victims and their one-year-old baby into the vehicle.”

According to Mdhluli, the victims were later dropped off in a remote area on the Sabie-Hendricksdal road (R37) and the suspects drove away with their Fortuner and stolen property.

The victims ran from there to get help, after which the appropriate law enforcement authorities were called, including the police, members of the South African National Defense Force (SADF) and tracking companies.

The officers deployed the necessary resources and the stolen vehicle was located around 06:00 near the border at Goba in Nkomazi, says Mdhluli.

The police are still looking for the suspects and the investigation is ongoing.