Protests planned as alleged kidnapper of Miguel Louw appears in court

Raylene Louw, mother of missing 9-year-old Miguel, pleads with the man accused of his abduction to tell her where her child is.
Raylene Louw, mother of missing 9-year-old Miguel, pleads with the man accused of his abduction to tell her where her child is.
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The man police say abducted and trafficked missing Sydenham schoolboy Miguel Louw last month is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s court on Tuesday.

The 44-year-old‚ who cannot be named by order of the court‚ faces charges of human trafficking.

He had originally been charged with kidnapping‚ and this grim change of tack by Organised Crime Unit detectives probing Louw’s disappearance gives a glimpse into what may have befallen the boy.

There is expected to be a public protest staged outside the court‚ with demonstrators wearing blue - Louw’s favourite colour.

It is believed that Louw was taken from his school‚ located less than a minute from his home‚ on the afternoon of July 17.

According to Miguel's grandmother‚ Arlene Paul‚ CCTV footage placed Miguel at a KFC next door to his house with a man‚ who had been an acquaintance of the family for about two weeks‚ on the day of his disappearance.

Since his disappearance‚ his relatives have frantically taken up the search‚ canvassing shelters‚ hospitals and the state mortuary.

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