The three people accused of the kidnapping of six-year-old Amy’Leigh De Jager in Vanderbijlpark earlier this month are set to return to court on Friday morning to apply for bail.
Tharina Human, Laetitia Nel and Pieter Van Zyl first appeared in court on Thursday.
The three accused were arrested after De Jager was kidnapped outside her school after being dropped off by her mother earlier this month.
The kidnappers had demanded a ransom, however the grade R pupil was reunited with her family 24 hours later.
Investigating officer Clayton Motloung told the court that considering that the accused kidnapped a minor and tried to extort money from her parents, they were likely to get hefty sentences if convicted.
According to Motloung, some family members of the accused are state witnesses and could be intimidated if bail was granted.
Motloung has told the court that the accused’s mission was well planned because they initially wanted to fake the kidnapping of Human.
He said when that didn’t work, Human suggested they take one of her family members because her brother would pay.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.