The Provincial Commissioner of the Eastern Cape, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has prasied Dutywa Police following the arrest of three people, aged between 22 and 54 on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 in Dutywa and Mvezo respectively by Butterworth Family Violence and Child Protection Unit (FCS).
It is alleged that a 19-year old girl, a daughter of the 54-year-old woman received a phone call that she should meet her mother at Dutywa town on Friday, 31 July 2020. While the 19-year-old was still waiting for her mother, a car approached and stopped next to her and she was offered a lift by the occupants of the car. They drove to Mvezo Village, Mthatha to a home of the would-be husband. She was locked inside a house in the homestead but managed to escape on Saturday, 01 August 2020 and went back home.
On Thursday, 06 August 2020 her brother, age unknown, her 22-year-old sister and her 54-year-old mother took her back to Mvezo Village, Mthatha. They informed her that she was getting married. She was locked again inside the house but managed to communicate with her friend telephonically and informed the friend that she was being forced to marry. The friend immediately informed the Dutywa Police and police followed up on the matter.
All the suspects, 22-year-sister, 28-year-old would-be husband and 54-year-old mother appeared before the Dutywa Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 12 August 2020 on charges of abduction. They have been remanded in custody until Friday, 14 August 2020 for bail application.