Police arrest KZN father who reported teen daughter kidnapped

Police arrest KZN father who reported teen daughter kidnapped

Police in KZN have confirmed the arrest of the father of a 14-year-old north coast girl who was reported as kidnapped last week.

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Celumusa Zulu

The teenager was said to have been snatched from outside her school in Isenembe last Monday.

Police say she found walking with a 23-year-old undocumented foreign national in Verulam on Friday. 

The man was arrested and had been due in court today.

On Wednesday, the girl’s father pleaded for her safe return and told Newswatch she knew who had taken her.

He was taken into custody by the Umhlali Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit this morning.

He is facing multiple charges, including human trafficking. 

Provincial police spokesperson Robert Netshiunda says the father was aware of the child’s whereabouts when he opened a kidnapping case. 

He says police investigations found the girl had voluntarily left with the man

"The 43-year-old father has been charged with human trafficking, defeating the administration of justice, perjury as well as charges under the Finance Act for the wasteful usage of state resources. He will appear in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. On the other hand, the 23-year-old suspect has been charged with statutory rape as well as being in the country illegally.” 

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