Grade 5 pupil snatched in Nov safely returned home

By Phila Audrey Tuba

On Wednesday, January 5 a Gauteng pupil who was snatched from her school in Mayfair has been returned home. The 11-year-old Grade 5 pupil at E.P. Baumann Primary School was kidnapped at gunpoint by three men that were travelling in a new-shape silver/ white Toyota Yaris with the registration number JS62CS GP on November 17 that’s according to the provincial education authorities. She was snatched outside the school gate as she was waiting in line to be screened and sanitised.

Anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee was one of the first people to raise the alarm over the abduction of the girl on social media and one of the first to highlight her return. Abramjee said that the child was found south of Johannesburg at a house in Freedom Park.

“ According to information at our disposal, the pupil’s mother received a call from the police to come and fetch her child at the police station. We are delighted to receive this good news of the safe return of this girl pupil. We will avail our Psycho-Social Unit to provide counselling to her, given the trauma she has face during this unfortunate incident”, said Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

The MEC has made an appeal to any member of the public who may have witnessed the abduction or knows anything about this incident to approach relevant law enforcement agencies. The police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the case.

Police request anyone who may have information about this incident to please contact the SAPS Crime Stop Line on 0860 010111.

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