Bodies of kidnapped children lured with potato chips found

Following an intensive search by the police with assistance of members of the community, the bodies of two boys; Onalenna Molehabangwe and Gontse Cholo who were reported to have been kidnapped, were found today in a swimming pool at one of the residences at Imperial Reserve, Mahikeng.

On Tuesday, 5 March 2019, a report was made to the police that Onalenna and Gontse both aged 10, were allegedly kidnapped while playing at a park in Montshiwa Location, Mmabatho.

The pair from Extension 38 were allegedly kidnapped after being lured with potato chips by occupants in a Volkswagen Polo. They were both learners at Podile Primary School in Ramosadi village. 

At this stage, a case of inquest has been opened for investigation.     

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane expressed her heartfelt condolences to the families and urged members of the community to remain calm and afford the police an opportunity to conduct a thorough investigation.

The police earlier report on the case read

” Police in Mmabatho and Mahikeng have launched a search for two boys who were allegedly kidnapped on the evening of Tuesday, 5 March 2019 while playing at a park in Montshiwa Location.

It is alleged that Onalenna Molehabangwe and Gontse Cholo both aged 10 were kidnapped by three occupants driving a Volkswagen Polo. According to information available at this stage, reports suggest that the victims who are both from Extension 38, were in the company of another boy when the suspects lured the victims to their car with chips. The suspects then allegedly grabbed and put the boys inside the boot of the vehicle and drove off with them. The children were never seen since then.

Onalenna was wearing a blue long sleeve T-shirt and a blue denim while Gontse was wearing a short sleeve T-shirt with red, yellow and blue stripes. They are both learners at Podile Primary School in Ramosadi village.  

Anyone with information that may lead to locating the boys and apprehension of the suspects is urged to contact Captain Manko Tiroyabone at 076 529 5066. Alternatively, Crime Stop can be called at 08600 10111. ”       

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