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Wits student found safe in Pretoria after alleged abduction in Braamfontein

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Tebadi Mmotla
May16/ 2017

A Wits student is safely back at home after she was allegedly abducted by three men at Nelson Mandela bridge. 


A Wits University student was allegedly abducted from the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein and later managed to escape in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, in the late hours of Monday, May 15.

Lehlohonolo Mlampo was walking along the bridge when three men in a Golf GTI pulled up in front of her and threw her into the car before driving off. This is according to her close friend, Melody Miya. 

Miya says Mlampo says she was injected by her abductors with a substance that made her drowsy. 

Miya became alarmed when the 22-year-old student texted him to say that she was being followed by GTI on her way to her residence in Braamfontein.  

“When I received the text I said ok let me wait for her and hear what’s going on.  I said let me not panic because the country is already in a state,” he said. Miya said he waited for a few minutes, and received another text from Mlampo. “When I saw the SMS that said’ help’, I tried calling the phone, it was no longer available and responsive,” he said.

Miya said at 9pm he contacted Crime Air Network Initiative, a twitter account helping people with stolen cars. 

Miya said when he called Mlampo again, she picked up but did not speak. “It was a case where by she couldn’t speak, it was like she wanted me to hear what was around her,” Miya said. He said after a few minutes the phone was switched off, however they (Crime Air Network)  managed to track the phone’s location to Ga-Rankuwa. Mlampo had managed to escape her abductors by opening an unlocked door in the GTI at a stop street.

“She didn’t know that the doors were unlocked, she took a chance,” he said. Mlampo ended up in at a random house in Ga-Rankuwa were Miya found her.

She was taken to George Mukhari Hospital and released earlier today with minor injuries.  According to Miya, the police in Pretoria told them that they couldn’t open a case in the area because the abduction happened in Braamfontein.

SAPS Corporate Communication intern Lettie Mofokeng confirmed that Gauteng SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Dlamini, has spoken with Mlampo’s family and a case is expected to be opened tomorrow. 

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Tebadi Mmotla