- Another child escaped an attempted kidnapping just outside his school
- The 11-year-old boy was waiting for his ride home when a black BMW drove up to him
- The car had no licence plate and the boy saw a rope on the passenger seat, which prompted him to run away
A young boy from Northdale, Pietermaritzburg narrowly escaped an attempted kidnapping on Friday, 14 September.
The boy was approached by a man in a black BMW but he felt something wasn't right.
News24 reports that Alvena Deepnarain, the boy's mother, said her son was waiting for his ride home after school just after 2pm.
His ride was a bit late when the BMW pulled up to him. The driver told the boy that his mother had sent him but he saw a rope lying on the passenger seat and got nervous.
The boy told the driver that he was lying and started running away. When he looked back, the car was following him.
The frightened boy ran into the schoolyard and entered the offices. He didn't find anyone there but left the school through another exit.
By this time, his ride was waiting for him and the BMW had disappeared.
According to the boy, the car had no number plate.
Alvena always told her children to not believe strangers claiming to be sent by her or her husband. She said other parents must teach their children how to react in such situations.
A man fitting the description given by the boy has been seen around the area, asking about what ages the children of the area is.
Captain Gay Ebrahim confirmed that an attempted kidnapping case had been opened at Mountain Rise police station. The serious and violent crime unit is investigating the matter.
The police asked anyone who spots the suspicious car to contact the police.
Attempted kidnappings are seemingly on the rise in South Africa. Briefly.co.za reported earlier that 2 children escaped the clutches of would-be kidnappers during two separate incidents in the Western Cape.
Grizelda Grootboom, a human trafficking survivor and now activist, wants the government to create more awareness about human trafficking. She urges children to never walk alone and be very careful.
Three people were arrested on suspicion of trafficking. They will be appearing in Cape Town courts this week.
The suspects, a woman and two men, allegedly lured victims by promising to take them to Cape Town or work opportunities and then forced them into a life of drugs and prostitution.
There are campaigns that hope to create more awareness about the seriousness of human trafficking:
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