Grade 12 Learner Survives Kidnapping Attempt in Johannesburg

An 18 year old Grade 12 girl learner from Sandringham High School in Johannesburg has survived a kidnapping attempt. 

It is understood the learner was walking to school on Friday when a white Chevrolet sedan with four suspects reportedly drove towards her and one-armed male allegedly grabbed her into the vehicle. 

However, the learner reportedly fought off the armed man and screamed, which alerted bystanders after which the suspects fled the scene.

A staff member, who happened to pass the location where the incident took place, safely accompanied her to school.

The Gauteng Education Department’s Steve Mabona says Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is concerned by the spate of kidnappings in the province. 

 “The MEC said the department is devastated to learn of another learner kidnapping ordeal in the province this week, but we are glad that this particular attempt failed. In a meeting which we held today, with our SGB associations, we agreed that all screening and scanning procedures must be done inside the school premises with immediate effect.”

Mabonba said the matter was reported to the Sandringham Police Station and the learner received trauma counselling from  the department’s Psycho-Social Unit.

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