Siblings who were trafficked to return home today

A 20-year-old woman and 14-year-old boy will be received by Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini.

FILE: Department of Social Development’s Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the SAPS Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Two siblings trafficked from South Africa to Malawi last year are expected to arrive back in Johannesburg this afternoon.

The 20-year-old woman and 14-year-old boy will be received by the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini at OR Tambo International Airport.

They were abducted by a woman posing as a former teacher who promised them a better life in the United Kingdom.

They pair was rescued after the boy called home to tell his grandmother that they had been kidnapped.

The team of officials from Social Development and Interpol who picked the siblings up are due to arrive at around 4pm.

Social workers in Malawi have reported that the brother and his sister were subjected to physical and emotional abuse.

This week, the department's Lumka Oliphant told Eyewitness News it is yet to be determined where the siblings will live once they're back in South Africa and whether they can be left in the care of their grandmother.

"We'll also need to do an investigation as the department so that we see where the children are placed."

She said the department will put the interests of the siblings first.

"We need to find out what would they like to do because child participation is very important."

Minister Dlamini will address media at the airport.