Fact Check: No, a woman was not kidnapped at gunpoint in Midrand

- A viral video has been circulating on social media by a man who claims to have witnessed a kidnapping at a Joburg mall

- This comes amid growing fears of a human trafficking syndicate operating in the country, causing people to accuse foreign nationals of being involved

- Briefly.co.za explores the truth behind these disturbing allegations that have rocked the country

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Disturbing footage circulating on social media shows a man claiming to have witnessed the kidnapping of a woman at the Boulders shopping centre in Midrand.

The Gauteng police have clarified what really occurred in Midrand and denied that it was human trafficking incident. Twitter user @ziyanda_mbusi shared the perpetuating the belief that human trafficking is the sole reason why children and women are being kidnapped.

The man claims that he saw a woman being kidnapped at gunpoint at the shopping centre in front of her child.

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However, Jacaranda FM reports that police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters has refuted the claims. According to Peters, the incident, which occurred on Tuesday, was an armed robbery.

Peters further explained that investigations have revealed that 2 unknown suspects in an SUV may have followed the woman from a bank, where she apparently withdrew a lot of money.

“The suspects are said to have accosted the victim in the basement parking at the shopping center and demanded money from her at gunpoint.

Reports suggest that the suspects also took the woman's bag and valuables. However, the woman and her child were not physically harmed.

In addition, Peters further refuted a viral WhatsApp voice note claiming that a child was kidnapped in Brits. According to Peters, the voice note is nothing but an attempt to "sow panic and pandemonium".

In related news, Briefly.co.za previously reported one woman took to social media recently to claim that she had narrowly evaded capture by a human trafficking ring housed in a Pretoria CBD building.

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The woman had claimed she was lured in with the promise of potential employment when she had overheard a conversation detailing how she and other interviewees would be shipped out to different countries.

The post had even claimed that police officials were in on the gig, alleging that she had witnessed cops exchanging cash with the criminals.

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