Trafficked siblings to return home on Thursday

A brother and sister were kidnapped by a woman posing as a teacher & taken to Malawi.

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JOHANNESBURG - Two siblings kidnapped in Mpumalanga in July last year and trafficked to Malawi will be brought back to South Africa on Thursday.

A specialist team comprising of officials from the Department of Social Development and Interpol left for Malawi on Wednesday.

The pair were kidnapped after a woman posing as a teacher promised their grandmother she would get a good education for them in the United Kingdom.

The 20-year-old woman, who apparently has learning difficulties, and the 14-year-old boy were found after Interpol reported the case to the Department of Social Development.

Department spokesperson Lumka Oliphant says the two are safe and unharmed.

"They are in an orphanage in Malawi. We are expecting them to arrive in the country on Thursday."

Oliphant says they are investigating whether the siblings were abused.