Siblings from EC found safe far away from home after disappearance

Two Eastern Cape siblings were found on Tuesday more than three days after they were reported missing in Cradock, Eastern Cape province.

12-year-old Sunick Ferreira and Ashley Olivier, aged 5, disappeared on Friday shortly after a scheduled meeting with their biological parents.

“It is alleged that the parents left with them shortly after the children were dropped off at their home for an arranged visit by a social worker. They left the premises with a travelling bag,” said Capt Lariane Jonker on Tuesday.

The sisters were reported missing by their grandfather and legal guardian.

Three days of search ended when the police had and responded to a tip-off that led to the arrest of the couple at a homeless shelter just outside Pretoria.

The minors are said to have been found unharmed and safe. The police have already handed them over into the care of their grandfather.

The two believed to be in their 30s are to face charges of kidnapping minors and contravening a court order at the Temba Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Siblings Sunick Ferreira and Ashley Olivier went missing in the Eastern Cape on Friday last week. They were found on Tuesday in Pretoria.

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