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Abducted Schoolgirl To Undergo Trauma Counselling

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By Ashok Ramsarup :: The six-year-old schoolgirl Amy-Lee  De Jager who was abducted from the industrial city of Vanderbijlpark in southern Gauteng was found and returned to her family this morning.

Her grandfather, Martin Brouwer, said the family was overwhelmed that she was finally home.  Brouwer said Amy-Lee would be undergoing trauma counselling after the ordeal.

Amy-lee was alleged to have been pushed into a motor vehicle by four men, who then sped off near the precincts of the Kollege Park Primary School yesterday morning.  Police said Amy-Lee was allegedly snatched from her mother.  Incidentally, CCTV cameras captured the kidnapping.

Tears of joy engulfed the home when Amy-Lee was reunited with mom, Angeline, and dad, Wynand earlier today.

Police spokesperson for the National Commissioner -Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo – said Amy-Lee underwent a medical examination at a local hospital.  Brigadier Naidoo said the investigation was continuing.

Brouwer indicated that Amy-Lee was targeted as the kidnappers were demanding two million Rand ransom.  Police officials were able to locate the girl, despite no communication with the abductors.  He said he was happy the child returned home safely but was not able to indicate whether the kidnappers were known to the family.

“South Africans of all walks of life have been highly supportive of the safe return of my granddaughter. I can safely say despite the family were traumatized, they will not want this to happen to any family.   We also want visible policing in school environments,” he said.

Advocacy groups and non-governmental organisations are calling on the lawmakers to act swiftly on the kidnappers and harsher sentences must be metered out.

Ashok Ramsarup is award-winning senior journalist of South Africa 🇿🇦


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