Reports have emerged of three attempted kidnappings just outside Wits University over the last two weeks.

In the latest incident, a female student was nearly forced into a red vehicle by unknown assailants in a botched abduction.

Wits Vuvuzela spoke with Lucky Khumela, Campus Control’s security and liaison manager, and he confirmed that that the incident happened on Jan Smuts Avenue, close to the Jorrisen Street entrance to east campus.

[pullquote]“I don’t want a repeat of what happened at UJ to happen at Wits.” [/pullquote]

The victim was unable to identify the assailants but confirmed that they had tried to force her into their car.

Khumela made it clear that “there is truth to this” and these reports are not just speculation or rumour.

“I don’t want a repeat of what happened at UJ (University of Johannesburg) to happen at Wits.” Khumela said. Khumela was referring to the recent kidnapping of a UJ student who was found safe after a ransom demand last week.

He emphasised that students need to be vigilant on and off campus.

Yesterday Khumela tweeted off the Campus Control account (@WitsSecurity): “ABDUCTION: with rumours of attempted abduction outside the Campus, this office appeal to anyone with relevant information to come forward.”

No responses have yet been received but Khumela urged students with information to come forward as soon as possible.

Anyone with information can approach a Campus Control office or call them on: (011) 717-4444.