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Cops to verify legitimacy of ransom letter for kidnapped Emalahleni boy

Spokesperson Leonard Hlathi is pleading with community members for help with any information.

Thirteen-year-old Katlego Marite. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Mpumalanga police are trying to verify the authenticity of a letter being circulated which claims that the kidnappers of a teenage boy are demanding ransom in the form of bitcoins.

Thirteen-year-old Katlego Marite was abducted while playing with his friends outside his home in Emalahleni on Sunday.

Police say a car stopped next to the children and one of the occupants snatched Marite.

Spokesperson Leonard Hlathi is pleading with community members for help with any information.

“There is a letter circulating regarding a ransom in bitcoins. Let’s treat this matter sensitively as we appeal to the community to help us recover Katlego.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)