Details of Abirah Dekhta’s rescue emerge after suspects appear in court

details of abirah dekhtas rescue emerge after suspects appear in court

CAPE TOWN – Seven suspects arrested in connection with the abduction of eight-year-old Abirah Dekhta are due back in court on 7 December.

The men, who cannot be named following a court order, face charges of kidnapping and extortion.

They were found in and around the shack in Town Two in Khayelitsha where Abirah had been held captive when police swooped on the structure to rescue the girl on Monday night.

The Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday heard that the operation got underway after police received a tip-off, alerting them that Abirah was being held in that area.

The girl was snatched from a school transport vehicle in Gatesville about two weeks ago.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)’s Eric Ntabazalila: “Police observed three men who were patrolling outside the house and also arrested four other men inside the house. Two women were also arrested but their case was not brought to court as they cannot be linked to the case. The case has been postponed to the 7th of December 2022 for bail applications. The State will oppose bail.”

Meanwhile, Gatesville residents who gathered at court are angry and community leader, Fawzia Veerasamy, said that bail shouldn’t even be considered.

“I’m shocked, I’m traumatised, I’m emotional. We were praying before it started. Just looking at them aggravated us. Although the trauma is still in us, we can see that they have the audacity to stand there and wink at family. Why is there consideration for bail? No bail!”

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