Missing student - fears of drugs link

2011-08-01 22:15

Cape Town - In Pretoria, kidnappings have become sort of a trend by criminals as a means to obtain money through ransoms, the founder of eblockwatch said on Monday.

Andre Snyman was commenting on reports of abductions in the city, and specifically the case of Duncan Allan, a missing Pretoria University student.

According to Snyman, police are searching the flats of a Nigerian who held a man for R 3 000 ransom on Sunday night, hoping to find possible links that could lead them to Allan, who has been missing since July 18.

"We think that Duncan might have been taken by some people and held captive somewhere. We don't know why they would do this.

"Many people are manipulated by drug dealers (who they owe money), and their friends are then held by the dealers, who promise to hurt them, in order to get the money owed to them," said Snyman, adding that this might be the case with Duncan because many of his friends admitted to using recreational drugs.

No leads

Snyman said that they have no leads on Duncan's whereabouts at the moment, but he added that they have received pictures of vehicles similar to that of Duncan, but they turned out to be the wrong ones.

In a YouTube video, family members outline the distinctive features of the car Duncan was last seen driving, hoping this will aid in someone spotting the vehicle.


Two psychics have also been involved in the case, said Snyman, and they have pointed out several places where Duncan could be found, or leads to his whereabouts.

"One man who has been visiting the locations suggested by one of the psychics, found a piece of a guitar lying in a park pointed out by one of the psychics," said Snyman, adding that the value of this piece is worth more than R 600.

Duncan was also known as a guitar player and Snyman will visit his family later on Monday, to find out if the missing piece has any connection belong to Duncan.

  • Gangster from 1993 - 2011-08-01 22:33

    Yo man this just aint right. Looks like drugs aren't just ruling the 'hood no more.. I just hope this homey gets back home safely.. yo yo yo Peace.

      Gangster from 1993 - 2011-08-01 23:10

      Yo stop trolling on my thread yo!!

      squeegeepilot - 2011-08-02 07:08

      I would rather be kidnapped by aliens or Nigerians than have to read this drivel by Gangster wannabe.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-02 09:41

      yo yo gangsta, word to your mutha homes

      Sunshine - 2011-08-02 11:04

      Yo yo yo, talk properly. Its not cool to talk like that. Wanker.

  • NZdreamer - 2011-08-01 22:34

    Oh no! Lets hope this is not the case!! Let all hope and pray that Duncan will return to his family unharmed! What a horrific ordeal this must be for his family! As for those drug addict bastards....may you all smoke, inject some RAT POISON!!! What vile, cruel subhumans these are!!! Their sick addictions always end of hurting others!!

      Susannomore - 2011-08-02 07:05

      He has been missing for a long time now. If he had been taken for ransom, would they not have made their demands known already?

      Telara - 2011-08-02 09:15

      So I suppose you're just absolutely perfect and have never made any mistakes? Who the hell do you think you are to judge anyone for their decisions? You're the vile subhuman you judgemental wench!

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-02 10:31

      well it seems the other guy gerrie was fibbing all along and the little prick just makes it worse for this guy Duncan buy lying about the whole thing...and now i have a hat to eat for supporting gerrie

      Duane277 - 2011-08-02 14:18

      Ja man recreational drugs are cool in moderation, some people just can't handle it and become addicts. 90% of South Africa has smoked weed at some stage in their lives, even your parents!!! Anyways, if I were his family, I'd actually be hoping that some Nigerian drug dealer did have him because that means that he is at least ALIVE! If this theory is incorrect, there's a "more than high" chance that the poor young man is dead unfortunately, which no one wants.

  • Kristy - 2011-08-01 22:40

    This is so terrible. Its been 2 weeks today. By the sounds of that guitar piece it is his?????? God please keep Duncan safe. Those who have him, let him go... Just let the young man go. :-( I Pray for the family of Duncan. I have been reading up on this everyday. May God Be with you all and Duncan. x

      ianfrost69 - 2011-08-02 09:24

      Kristy, God bless you all and we pray he is safe.

      Mark - 2011-08-02 13:23


      Bambi - 2011-08-02 16:06

      @Christian - are you trying to hurt this family with this comment? There's no body to prove that Duncan has passed away and because of that simple little fact we'll all keep hoping and praying that God will keep this young man safe and that he will return to his family alive. Lord, this we beg of You today - Father keep Your hand over this young man place him in the shadow of Your wing and bring him hom Lord, You are mighty and we know that You work miracles, please God bring him home. Your word Father, says that when two or more gather in Your name and ask for something You will not refuse them and so we ask today Lord please bring Duncan back to his family alive and well, AMEN!!!!

      Kristy - 2011-08-02 16:55

      @ Christian: Christian, Be positive.

  • napsayson - 2011-08-01 22:40

    What the hell is this country becoming. All these murders, kidnapping and now holding people for ransom. This has escalated since we allowed people from other african states to seek asylem here. Most of the trouble we having in this country is caused by Nigiarians and the like that are flooding our cities.

      Jezabbela - 2011-08-02 11:34


      Christian de Ravin - 2011-08-02 13:22

      Agreed! This country is gangster's paradise. To think that young man with such promise has gone missing for a car, in what I see as botched hijacking attempt. Why not just tell him to get out, and then drive off. Yes, we are surrounded by savages. We might as well be living in the dark ages, which is very much South Africa today! Malema, enjoy!!!!

  • Lukas - 2011-08-01 22:46

    psychics? W're in SA, bring in the sangoma.

      lollie sue - 2011-08-02 08:32

      or the

      Aleg - 2011-08-02 09:37

      What about Danie Krugel and his Quantum Machine (featured on Carte Blanche) that is able to find missing people with just a strand of hair?

      Siener2 - 2011-08-02 12:35

      Psychics, sangomas and Danie Krugel are all simply rip-off artists, exploiting people in their hour of desperation. I seriously hope the student gets found alive - but it will definitely not be due to the "skills" of these scammers.

  • Rastus - 2011-08-01 22:55

    Ok Guys - Quite simple - Lets start grabbing a Nigerian an hour! We'll soon clean up the hood - dry remains can go to the Asian countries as rhino horn. Why is it that we let everyone shunt us around and we are to accommodating - I say F that - time to come out of our cocoons!

      Grazy - 2011-08-01 23:15

      Rastus, you got that sorted out good. Now just remember that "sickness" they invented to protect the imported criminal forces called "xenophobia".

      Leroy - 2011-08-01 23:19

      @Rastus...certainly, they claim to be professors, doctors etc in their own country...cannot deny them that ...but, from my experience, they certainly fall into your get one an hour....

      mylord - 2011-08-01 23:27

      yu know one thing Nigerians do not smoke drugs but they sells them ...the anly advise i can give yu teach so broz how to use poket money(but its too much take R5 000.00 my son for your week-end drinks)we as black you will never get even R50 for drinks thas what i like about our parents thas why i only spend the most R 500p/m on drinks noy that I do not have.

      Jezabbela - 2011-08-02 11:36

      @mylord, DON'T COMMENT HERE WHEN HIGH! Gosh, rephrase and post again

      Fedup - 2011-08-02 11:47

      @Mylord, WTF, did you forget to take your pink pill this morning, because I have no idea what your saying

      Mark - 2011-08-02 13:26

      How does mylord even manage to post a comment here. That requires using the internet. His english is pathetic

      Sunshine - 2011-08-02 15:00

      Mylord - maybe he is talking in tounge..... :) I think he is beyond happy pills. Sounds like Juju who only made it to grade 5.

  • Paul - 2011-08-01 22:58

    psychics?? WTF??!!

  • Monica - 2011-08-01 23:11

    Our country have let so many people from Nigeria in; I am the mother of a drug addict! They get these children in for a little bit of money and then it becomes more and more and more! This was an A-student and an international model that admitted to the the doctors where she got the stuff from. Nigerians; she herself phoned the police to tell them where they were; nothing happened. When you have the head of Police's wife dealing in drugs; why should any police man or woman follow up the lead? It is a money making bussiness for police force! The biggest Mafia is the government!

      Owami - 2011-08-02 12:54

      your grammar Monica! the comment you made elsewhere about government focusing on education is indeed true. government should start with adult education, and you enrol first!

  • Jacqueline - 2011-08-01 23:24

    @mylord: Do you mean drag as in cross dressing men or DRUG as in illegal narcotic substances?

      Susannomore - 2011-08-02 07:29

      Who knows what he means! He could be giving a weather report for all we know.

      mylord - 2011-08-03 13:24

      look I do not care abou my english I only care about My Xhosa, Zulu and all african ligos GF#K with yor english I wold be worried if I was inb America ths if not come whith that tendence ...Maxoxondini

  • Bek - 2011-08-01 23:39

    Important to know your friends. "Many people are manipulated by drug dealers, and their friends are then held by the dealers, ... in order to get the money owed to them .."

  • Hanneke_V - 2011-08-02 00:40

    Most students use recreational drugs once in a while, it’s usually not a big deal. In light of the surrounding circumstances I can’t imagine that it has anything to do with Duncan’s disappearance. This is just grasping at straws. As Andre Snyman said, there are no leads. Clearly the supposed drug link is just desperate and farfetched speculation. As far as the guitar is concerned, he did not have it with him at the time of his disappearance. If the journalist had bothered to check the facts he or she would have known this. It’s terribly insensitive towards the family to print something like this. I think this is pretty disgusting News24. My heart is broken for his family’s sake. He is loved by so many people, clealry he's an extraordinary young man. I hope and pray every day that Duncan returns home safely. The world would be a much poorer place without him in it.

      Christian de Ravin - 2011-08-02 11:15

      Yes, the drug link is very far fetched. Drug lords would have made their demands known by now. As I see it, Duncan could have been the victim of a botched hijacking shortly after he had collected his car that Monday morning. Chances are that his car was then driven over the border into nearby Mozambique - as are so many stolen vehicles from here - which is why it has simply vanished.

      Krush - 2011-08-02 11:29

      Using recreational drugs in a while is not a big deal? Of course it is. Every cent these people spend on drugs, whether recreational or to feed a habit is providing the income to these merchants to stay here. If nobody was buying the drugs the nigerians wouldnt be here. Forget about arresting the merchants, start arresting the buyers - have a rule that says whether you buy 1 joint of marijuana or 200grams of cocaine that you go to jail for 20 years. It should be like Thailand. There should be no exceptions. People should be too scared to use the drugs. If it is prescribed by a medical practitioner; only then should it be exempt.

  • squeegeepilot - 2011-08-02 07:15

    "Many people are manipulated by drug dealers (who they owe money), and their friends are then held by the dealers, who promise to hurt them, in order to get the money owed to them," Really? Name a few. No such story has appeared in the news. Threats are not the same as actions. I don't doubt that drug dealers are capable of doing this, but according to the journalist "many" have experienced this. Give us some examples...

  • Spade_is_a_Spade - 2011-08-02 07:29

    This is a report merely based on speculation. Going on about drugs and what often happens with bad connections etc. And then in the end adding that no leads have been found on Duncan Allan?? Whatever happened to balanced and factual reporting - ESPECIALLY IN SENSITIVE MATTERS SUCH AS THESE. Think of the family of the missing person. SERIOUSLY?!?!

      Dilika - 2011-08-02 12:49

      Spade what is "balanced and factual reporting" do they still teach it at journalism schools, I doubt it. Journalism these days is gone to the gutter, they all thrive in speculation and sensationalism. We can only pray and hope that Duncan is brought back to his family safe and alive. As a parent I don't want to even imagine what his parents are going through.

      Spade_is_a_Spade - 2011-08-02 13:47

      Dilika... your guess is as good as mine :) Agree with what you're saying...

  • Susannomore - 2011-08-02 07:35

    I am certainly not one to prove the validity of a psychic, but I have to state my doubts here. There are 2 psychics - they have named several places. Surely, if they did have a gift, they would both only name the place where he was (or believed he was), not send people on a wild goose chase tracking down pieces of guitars?

      Mark - 2011-08-02 13:28

      Agree. They are devil worshippers and seek money.

  • GinSA1 - 2011-08-02 07:55

    Did he walk to collect his car, from his Res, approximately 1.2km's, with his guitar? Did he leave his guitar in his car when it went in for it's service, for the entire weekend? Why was he not abducted while walking to the garage, instead of after, making it more difficult because he would have been in his car?

      Christian de Ravin - 2011-08-02 10:58

      Very interesting observations. I kind of wonder why he was COLLECTING his car on a Monday morning. Whatever the reasons, he is still missing for 15 days now. In my opinion, I fear he was the victim of a botched hijacking after he had left the garage. Drug dealers would have made their demands long ago already.

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-02 11:54

      Agree Christian re the hijack scenario. Why did he collect on a Monday morning? Because he took it in on the Friday and they were unable to complete it at a time he was able to collect on the Friday / Saturday, so it was arranged as such? I don't know that that is so, just considering the possibility

  • pugwash - 2011-08-02 08:06

    Whatever the case may be I am a mother of a 20 year old varsity student and I cannot imagine what Duncans parents must be going through. My prayers and thoughts are with you for his safe return . . .

  • lollie sue - 2011-08-02 08:25

    Hope he is not inside the boot

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-02 11:55

      Quite a low-life comment, don't you think?

  • BRAD24 - 2011-08-02 08:33

    Can someone from saps please tell me why they do not have road-blocks any longer.Stopping vehicles and asking for drivers license is not a road-block.As a kid i used to watch them do this,check the car from back to front.These days it's who can be the fattest saps member(bearing in mind there are good cops out there)To all the station commanders-Make the difference.Get your community involved.Appreciate your reservists.

  • Markal - 2011-08-02 09:00

    I'm not sure what's worse, this guy being missing or the fact that "Two psychics have also been involved in the case".

  • Anchorman - 2011-08-02 09:09

    dont know if any1 had watched Carte Blanche a few years ago where this guy uses dna and GPS to find missing people if this thing is so real why they not using him, to find where Duncan is plain and simple now they rather spend time interviewing people and let the thugs have enough time getting away

      Christian de Ravin - 2011-08-02 11:49

      I fear that, after two weeks, the thugs have already vanished.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-02 09:40

    This boy's probably dead or in a cult condolences in advance

      Christian de Ravin - 2011-08-02 14:16

      Sadly, I agree. He was probably left for dead somewhere after a botched hijacking.

  • butterfly - 2011-08-02 10:23

    how sad

  • Herman Pretorius - 2011-08-02 10:36

    How can they use psychics?

  • Leon Groenewald - 2011-08-02 10:48

    My heart goes out to the family of Duncan Allan and although I'm atheist; as close as I can give to prayers for Duncan's safety. The disease is crime; it is rampant because of an ineffective government. Here is my vote of no confidence in South Africa. I have a daughter on the way and I might be selfish; but I never want to feel the pain of her going missing. I can't get out of the country because I am a financial prisoner. I propose civil disobedience. We can not go on like this.

  • Christian de Ravin - 2011-08-02 10:52

    Drug dealers? Very unlikely. Drug dealers would have already made their demands. Why wait so long to do so? No, Duncan was probably involved in a botched hijacking that Monday morning. His green Jetta will eventually be found, but I fear that the outcome of this case will be a very sad one.

  • Rikhogrande - 2011-08-02 10:58

    Psychics is another name for white sangoma!

  • Ruan - 2011-08-02 11:32

    ....get rid of ALL nigerians- the majority of them are scammers- from bogus atm fraud......drug dealing etc....

  • Jezabbela - 2011-08-02 11:32

    if they are holding him for ransom, would they not have demanded it by now? he's been missing for 2 weeks. hope they find him safe!

  • chanty01 - 2011-08-02 11:35

    To all the useless airwasters leaving disgusting hurtful comments that his family will probably be reading... i dont know if you know what karma is (by the sounds of your unintelligent comments), but i hope you find out first hand.

  • Fedup - 2011-08-02 11:56

    There is a pawn shop open 24 hours in Boksburg? Why? Is this where these kids are getting money from for drugs etc

  • Hrh - 2011-08-02 13:01

    Duncan is not missing. He took himself to rehab near white-river in mpumalanga. He will be back once he is done fighting his demons!! So give the man a break!!

      Christian de Ravin - 2011-08-02 13:10

      It would be a great relief to his family if this comment is in fact true. I hope it is, otherwise HRH you deserve to rot in hell if you have just made that all up!

      serenitydias - 2011-08-12 13:04

      wat r u talking about??

  • Mashilo Elias - 2011-08-02 13:27

    Not all some of the Nigerians are destroying country, where there fraudulant documents, cards and drugs a Nigeria is involved. When are we gonna say enough is enough with these crooks. Let's deport all the crooks back to their country

      Fedup - 2011-08-02 14:08

      No all some? or some not all? or what? only pulling your leg, I hear what your saying

  • appeliefie - 2011-08-02 16:53

    WTF, my tax payer money is going to psychics?! What a waste of time and resources. This would be unheard of in any civilized country. Who authorizes these things?

  • Larry - 2011-08-02 20:47

    In the family video there is a two screen computer set up shown by one of his friends. If Duncan had a similar computer set up he could be a fugue victim. There is a long list of these missing students around the world. They vanish and usually return in an altered mental state. Some are crime or accident victims and a very few are just never found. In an altered mental state he would not be wary of people and might have approached the wrong person. But the chances are good that he will return. Visit the Missing Students page at VisionAndPsychosis.Net. If there is a criminal or political problem in South Africa you do not want to have this mental break. Students are the most likely Subliminal Distraction victims. Peter Kamu, an engineering student at the University of Nairobi, was found wandering in the bush in Tanzanian. He had been missing weeks.

  • original_001 - 2011-08-02 22:15

    Lets clear something up, psychics help the police for free and out of an obligation to help the family and the victims. They are not however magically linked into google maps and they do not receive an address and telephone number. They will be given images or symbols which are incredibly difficult to interpret. They are difficult to interpret as everyone involved will decipher the information based on their own morals, values and ego's. Devil worshipping, white sangomas etc...etc. Really?...

  • Carol - 2011-08-09 14:13

    I have this feeling that the garage has something to do with his disappearance.They need to go back there and investigate properly.Why was he seen standing there but not seen leaving, its weird really.

  • Christian de Ravin - 2011-08-09 15:17

    He was found dead at Welbekend in his car

      Carol - 2011-08-09 15:30

      so so sad I just read it on radio 702.. I followed this for 3 weeks hoping and praying for him to be safe.Not nice at all...

  • serenitydias - 2011-08-11 15:40

    this is the biggest load of nonsense and im disgusted that it was even posted. Duncan never ever took drugs and neither did his closests friends.Secondly By involving so called Psychics (which is also a load of nonsense coz they clearly wer wrong) u are giving evil the right to interfee with this, Duncan would have 100% objected to a psychic bein used. Pls remove this. thank you

  • Nicky - 2011-09-19 04:25

    So very very saddened to hear that he committed suicide ... feel for his family but feel for that poor guy that he was so desperate that he took his life

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