Amy’Leigh de Jager Kidnapping
The kidnapping had gripped the nation but when the suspects were announced, anger just erupted!
On Monday, 2 September 2019 at 7:40 a.m., Amy’Leigh De Jager was kidnapped by four unknown suspects. The 72 hour Specialised Response Plan was then activated. Amy-Leigh was recovered 19 hours later.
Three accused: Tharina Human (27), the mastermind and teacher of Amy’Leigh, Laetitia Nel (40) and Pieter van Zyl (50) have been arrested.
Incident – Kidnapping of Amy’Leigh De Jager
From Incident to her recovery
Amy’Leigh de Jager was snatched from her mother, Angeline, outside Laerskool Kollegepark in Vanderbijlpark today. It’s alleged that 4 suspects in a white Toyota Fortuner sped away from the scene with Amy’Leigh in the vehicle. An extensive search has been launched to try and find the missing girl. The case will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.
Amy’Leigh IS FOUND
Amy’Leigh has been found. She was dropped off by her abductors in the early hours of the morning and was found by 2 passers by who were on their way home. Shawn Delport, who was helping the search and rescue operation said that Amy’Leigh was dropped off in a street close to the Shakespeare Inn Hotel in Vanderbijlpark.
The passers by who found Amy’Leigh took her to the local police station where her parents were waiting.
Arrests of Tharina Human, Laetitia Nel, Pieter van Zyl
From Found to Arrest
Two women and a man were arrested on Wednesday evening, with police saying one of the female suspects is known to Amy’Leigh’s parents.
The arrests were confirmed by SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo, who said the suspects were aged between 27 and 50 years. They are currently in police custody and are expected to appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court on Friday. Brig Naidoo also mentioned that the likelihood of further arrests could not be ruled out.
First court Appearance – Tharina Human, Laetitia Nel, Pieter van Zyl
From Arrest to First Court Appearance
Tharina Human (27), Laetitia Nel and Pieter van Zyl (50) appeared in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court today. The three people are accused of masterminding the kidnapping of Amy’Leigh De Jager. It was a short session that lasted only minutes with the magistrate postponing the case to the 19th September when the trio would formally be applying for bail.
Trial – (Bail Application) – Tharina Human, Laetitia Nel, Pieter van Zyl
From court case to trial
Human, Nel and van Zyl appeared in court today to start with their bail hearing. Constable Clayton Motloung gave evidence, explaining the difficulties in tracing the getaway vehicle due to the number plates of the vehicle having been removed. He went into some details regarding how the suspects made contact with Amy’Leigh’s father, which led the police to a plot outside Vanderbijlpark where they found one of the accused.
Further investigations lead them to a second house (Nel’s house) where police found all three accused together. SAPS also recovered a firearm and a fourth suspect who fled the scene. The case was postponed until the 1st of October when the accused will appear to present their affidavits to explain why they should be granted bail.
Arrest – Arrest of fourth suspect
From incident to arrest
The fourth and final suspect, Mohlomohi Bafokeng was arrested in the informal settlement around Vanderbijlpark. He will appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate court on Wednesday 25 September and then again on the 1st October 202 with his 3 accomplices
Court Appearance – Molemohi Bafokeng
From Arrest to court appearance
Accused #4: Mohlomohi Bafokeng (24), made his first appearance in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate Court on charges of kidnapping and extortion. During Molemohi’s first appearance, the State submitted that he was a Lesotho national. State prosecutor Ntombi Marase also informed the court that, upon verification of a residential address that Molemohi had submitted, it was established that he did not live there.
Remanded back into custody, Molemohi will not be appearing alongside his co-accused for bail because it is already at an advanced stage with another judge, but he will join them for the trial, the court heard. His matter has been postponed to October 1
Trial – (Bail Application of Accused – Appearance 2)
From court appearance to trial
Tharina Human, Laetitia Nel, and Pieter van Zyl appeared in court today for their bail hearing during which time the magistrate heard arguments from the prosecution and the defence. Adv Luanda Ngcobo told the court that the prosecution has a strong case against the accused and also mentioned that it is a serious case mentioning that Amy’Leigh was held captive for hours in terrible dirty conditions.
Magistrate Hussein Khota postponed the case to the 11th October at which time he will give his decision with regards to the bail application. The 3 accused were remanded back into custody
Bail hearing – 1 granted bail, 2 denied bail
From trial to bail hearing
Tharina Human and Pieter van Zyl were denied bail in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court. Accused number 2, Laetitia Nel was granted bail of R25000 on condition that she report weekly to the Vanderbijlpark police station as well as surrending her traveling documents. She is also not permitted to make contact with the witnesses.
Bafokeng Molimohi, who appeared in a different courtroom today has abandoned his bail application and will be remanded back into custody. In his next court appearance he will join his 3 co-accused.
Court Appearance – Tharina Human, Laetitia Nel, Pieter van Zyl
From previous court appearance to this court appearance
Johannesburg – Amy’Leigh de Jager’s alleged kidnappers will spend Christmas in jail after the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday postponed their case to January 2020. According to information, some DNA results are still outstanding and needs further investigation.