Johannesburg – The mastermind behind the kidnapping of a six-year-old Vandebijlpark girl has been sentenced to an effective ten years behind bars.
Her co-accused have received sentences of between eight and five years in prison.
The little girl was snatched near her school last year and was dropped off near a road 19 hours later. The kidnappers tried to extort R2 million ransom from the parents but failed.
Tharina Human has confessed to kidnapping the six-year-old-girl in September last year as well as threatening her father.
Human told the child’s parents that they would harm her if the R2 million was not paid.
She later confessed that she owed drug lords money.
During her bail bid, the court also heard that she even considered faking her own kidnapping to get the money.
The transaction, however, never took place and the girl was dropped off next to the road in the early hours of the morning.