The case of the missing Moti siblings – Zia (15), Alaan (13), Zayyad (11) and Zidan (7) – made headlines across South Africa when the boys were kidnapped a few months ago. The children were abducted on their way to school and held hostage for three weeks. Their parents, Naazim and Shakira, welcomed the support they received from the public.
But very little detail emerged following the children’s release – and now there are more questions than ever. The Motis have since left for Dubai and police say Naazim and Shakira obtained an interdict barring them from questioning the boys or any family members.
Yes, they have left the country, Naazim confirms in a statement to YOU. But he denies they were granted an interdict which prevents the police talking to any member of the family.
“Please understand why we have been silent,” Naazim says. “Since our four sons were returned to us, we have been living in fear of reprisal, which could be caused by speaking out and drawing further attention to ourselves.
“Our boys came home to us but have not yet been able to live freely and without fear. We have been forced to make some difficult decisions to ensure their safety and well-being, despite the recent and sudden backlash.
“We haven’t issued (sic) an interdict against the police. Our sudden departure was beyond our control and a reluctant one at that – as any parent would understand, the safety of our children comes first.”
THE police have declined to comment on Naazim’s rejection of the claim that the family obtained an interdict.
“We are not responding on the Moti matter because it is under investigation,” national police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda told YOU when approached for comment.
Yet days earlier Netshiunda had confirmed to YOU that the interdict indeed existed. “Our investigative team has been barred from any contact with the children,” he said. Citing legal advice, Netshiunda declined to give details of where and when the interdict was granted.
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