Kidnapped girl found, father arrested

2012-12-06 10:00

Pretoria - A kidnapped 7-year-old Pretoria girl has been found unharmed after the owners of the Mpumalanga guesthouse where she was staying recognised her photos from news reports.

Pura Pahlo's relieved foster father, Evan Andreou confirmed to News24 that she was found in Lydenburg early on Thursday morning and is safe.

She was kidnapped outside her primary school in Waterkloof on Wednesday morning, in an operation allegedly staged by her biological father.

"Her father and a female accomplice booked into a guesthouse as a family. The owner of the guesthouse said she couldn't get over how familiar this child seemed to her, so she went back onto the internet, I think on News24, and saw her photo.

"Her son phoned me at about 03:30 this morning and said they suspect it could be her, so I sent them more photos of Pura, and they were certain. We then contacted the Brooklyn police, who got in touch with the police in Lydenburg who went to the guesthouse."

Andreou said Pura's biological father tried to make a run for it, but he and his female accomplice were arrested.

Andreou was travelling to Mpumalanga to be reunited with his foster daughter.

"We're very relieved," he said.

  • simon.thorpe.927 - 2012-12-06 10:03

    What great news!!! Good news for a change.

      rbphiri - 2012-12-06 10:37

      Good news! best Christmas present for the family.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-12-06 16:13

      Where is the mother of the child?

  • enid.matthews - 2012-12-06 10:05

    Fantastic news!

  • hrh.majiuana - 2012-12-06 10:08

    so she went back onto the internet, I think on News24, and saw her photo. *Oo*

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-12-06 11:06

      shameless plug

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-12-06 10:08

    Excellent news!!!

  • sean.noble1 - 2012-12-06 10:11

    Might be good news but there is usually two sides to every story, would be interesting to know why the father went to such measures.

      dorino.kalamaras - 2012-12-06 10:23

      Exactly my thoughts.

      repline.rasbanda - 2012-12-06 10:54

      @ Matin, Bu11 I will fight to the ends of the earth for my child. No real father would sit and do nothing and lose his child! However that being said, it doesn't make it the approriate action.

      tracy.musto.7 - 2012-12-06 11:36

      I have a wonderful and handsome foster son who I love with all my heart. He has lived with me since age 6. He is now 14. He came to me as a place of safety and stayed. We are not sure of who his biological father REALLY is but his biological mother was very abusive to him. She is a major snatch risk where the social workers have even had to threaten her with legal action and arrest. The only time she shows him any attention is when she was in between boyfriends. There is a protection order waiting to be served on her because she keeps giving false information and lying to the social workers, etc. Twice she has been very sneaky about trying to see him, the only 2 times in 8 years! My child wants NOTHING to do with her. It is HIS decision not to see her as he fears her too much. It could be a similar situation. Maybe the father was abusive and felt this child was his 'property'. We don't know the full story as to why she is in foster care. Lets not speculate. I can speak from experience!

      shireen.abbas - 2012-12-06 12:31

      @Tj u can speAK of UR experiencE that being said let not speculatE or presume to know abouT otherS ! Ok

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-12-06 10:16

    What an awesome bit of news to start my day!!! Well done to everyone involved...

  • theodore.mhlongo.9 - 2012-12-06 10:18

    One day she is goana grow up and she will just walk to her father on her own and no one will stop her.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-06 10:51

      Really ???

  • vandermafa - 2012-12-06 10:22

    Its nice to hear good news once in a while. Getting tired of hearing about corrupt government officials.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-06 10:34

    Well done, News24. And they want to gag the press?

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-12-06 10:39

    As sy my dogter was dan sou hulle haar nie by my wegvat nie dit kan ek die wat wil probeer verseker.Sy sou nie saam met haar PA gegaan het as sy weet hy kan haar leed aandoen en sy is dalk lief vir haar eie PA en waar is die MA daar worg net van die foster PA gepraat ,so dit klink nie reg nie daar is verseker n' slang in die gras.

      martin.jansen.104418 - 2012-12-06 10:57

      Jy kan nie spel nie en nie lees nie. 4 x Zimbabwiers het haar eers probeer ontvoer en daarna het haar Pa met haar weggejaag. Daar is howe wat besluit oor toesig vir kinders. Indien haar Pa so oulik was sou die howe mos besluit het hy moet na sy eie dogter omsien. Sy het nie gewilliglik gegaan nie maar is teen haar wil gegryp.

      msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-06 13:49

      I am giving you a both a thumb down for posting in Afrikaans, some of us cannot understand Afrikaans. If you can't comment in english, rather post on the Afrikaans version of N24.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-12-06 16:15

      Agree with Msika, you guys are rude.

  • childrens.rights.7 - 2012-12-06 10:42

    Nobody here ask the question why this kid is in foster care? The father and mother is in a custody battle and they put the child in FOSTER CARE? Why is the father not good enough to get his child - I tell you because our justice system SUCK. All the people that is so happy she is back I hope you don't have sons in the same sistuation one day. I know how women are they keep the kids away from the father because they believe it is impossible for a father to love their kids. Read a week ago about a mother who left her 2 year old in the car while shopping and some other horror stories so what makes her the better parent.

      willie.botha.9480 - 2012-12-06 12:50

      Correct. I also know someone who are an excellent father to his kids and a very good person in general. His ex out of spite keeps the kids away from him. And nothing she ever does is in the childrens best interests. I am not sure what happened here with the Father not having access to his child but it could've happened that somebody did it to him just because the could.

  • AbrahamsTT - 2012-12-06 10:48

    But whats the motive behind her kinappers?!

  • John - 2012-12-06 10:48

    How do you kidnap your own kid? Is it that one is a dead bit father who lost custody of his kid.

  • becky.jamieson1 - 2012-12-06 10:58

    When I read this morning that she was kidnapped my heart sunk. Ijust got back on News 24 and saw the head line and couldnt wait to read the good news!!! Im so glad she has been found. All you a**holes trying to think to deeply into the story but just not comment. You are ruining the lovely story for everyone.

      peejay.maclane - 2012-12-06 11:36

      The girl has been in foster care for six years because of a bitter custody battle between her American father, Ray Pahlo, 42, and her Ghanaian mother.

  • peejay.maclane - 2012-12-06 11:29

    The little girl has been in foster care for six years because of a bitter custody battle between her American father, Ray Pahlo, 42, and her Ghanaian mother.

  • linda.duits - 2012-12-06 11:35

    Great news!

  • Monique 'Mare' Hooper - 2012-12-06 11:45

    As julle als gevolg het sou julle gesien het dat haar regte pa gesoek word vir crimineele goed in 'n paar plekke. Maar ek stem saam di kind moet by haar ouers wees maar in die geval weet niemand wat gebeur het nie so ek is net bly dat sy weer is waar sy moet wees

  • Truth.nnete - 2012-12-06 11:52

    Our justice system is very fair,this guy could have waited for the law to take its cause.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2012-12-06 16:17

      If she's in foster care for 6 years already, she'll be 18 by the time the court wakes up.

  • candy.hooke - 2012-12-06 11:56

    So glad she is unharmed, but probably traumatised! Poor little thing, my heart breaks!

  • childrens.rights.7 - 2012-12-06 12:00

    Martin Jansen, Ek hoop al hierdie mense wat die Pa blindweg skuldig vind het nooit 'n kind by 'n vrou wat hulle kinders van hulle weg hou nie. Gaan lees 'n bietjie oor Parental Alienation Syndrome ag sommer Google al die syndrome wat die ma's aan kan ly. En die volwasse kinders het moet julle hoop julle seuns/boeties sal nooit in die situasie beland nie. Hoekom dink julle sal 'n pa sy kind ontvoer? O ek vergeet omdat hy haar nie wil sien nie en ook omdat hy nie lief is vir haar nie. Hierdie is geen gewone geval nie - kom eers in die situasie dan praat ons weer. Uit die 4 vrouens saam met wie ek werk is 3 van hulle in 'n situasie waar kinders betrokke is en dit lelik is.

      martin.jansen.104418 - 2012-12-06 13:00

      Hierdie dogtertjie was in pleegsorg. Punt. Kinders word in pleegsorg geplaas wanneer die biologiese ouers nie kan of wil na hule omsien nie. Die goeie biologiese vader is in besit van 7 paspoorte. Dit maak hom 'n uiterse goeie landsburger met geen sinistere intensies nie laat staan nog vir sy dogter te sorg. Sy was ontvoer. Punt. Daar is gesinsadvokate, howe en welsyn. As hy sy dogter wil sien is daar prosesse en kanale al vat dit hoe lank. Wat dink sy dogter. Sorry maar jy kan nie veralgemeen nie en hierdie saak moet apart gesien word. Sy was ontvoer.

  • ethel.kehumileng - 2012-12-06 12:06

    let them go to jail join jub jub

  • semakaleng.thulare - 2012-12-06 12:50

    Good news indeed! I've been hesitating to have my first drink of the day... this is a bloody great excuse to have my first sip!

  • napolita.kio - 2012-12-06 13:19

    This reminds me of Lawrie Fraser back in 1999. I am trying to put myself in the shoes of the man who is the biological father of the child...what would I do? Honestly, legal or not I'd try to get my child to be with me.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-12-06 14:21

      With Laurie Fraser the story was different in the sense that it involved adoption. The Star newspaper reports that the biological parents were both unemployed and were always at each other's throughts when this child was removed from them and set up for foster care. Both biological parents were declared unfit parents. All this in the best interest of the child as provided by children's Act as well as Section 28(2) of the Constitution,1996.

  • drienie.mayo - 2012-12-06 13:35

    Why good news.....She is in foster care and her Father "kidnapped" her.....There is more to the story than just the sensationalised heading....

      candice.d.ervin - 2012-12-06 23:03

      Oh really, Drienie. I was kidnapped this year. I was 11 weeks pregnant. My kidnapper was my ex and the father of my baby, I left him because he was violent towards me and a dangerous criminal. I was 11 weeks pregnant when he held me against my will for 3 days. I'm now 6 months pregnant. I nearly lost my baby twice because of him. He's now in prison awaiting sentencing and I've had constant threats from his family and his underground criminal counterparts, harassment, stalking, calls from inmates etc. Even my family's lives are at risk daily. Why don't you try put yourself in an abducted person shoes dear. There is a reason why this called was placed into foster care in the first bloody place.

      candice.d.ervin - 2012-12-06 23:06


  • msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-06 13:42

    Sounds like a desperate father, trying at any cost to be with his biological daughter, instead of watching her being raised by strangers.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-06 23:21

      Sounds like another un-evolved person who wants to own, dominate, control and generally behave like a primeval cave-man

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-12-07 03:25

      A tough one indeed Msika. Brings to mind Sean Penn in 'I am Sam'.

  • nicky.feinstein.3 - 2012-12-06 14:27

    Fantastic that she has been found. I hope the father and his female accomplice get charged severely for what they have done.

  • pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-12-06 14:51

    I am glad and thank God the young girl is safe. It must have been quite a distressing ordeal for her and her family.

  • childrens.rights.7 - 2012-12-06 15:14

    Martin Jansen, heeltemal reg dit was seker die enigste manier om sy kind te sien. Familie Advokate nou laat jy my lag - daar is pa's wat jare veg om hulle kinders net te sien en dit kos partykeer miljoene - kan maar net Dr Steven se storie op Fathers For Justice lees om te sien hoe partydig die Familie Advokate is. Die prosesse waarvan jy praat is baie stadig en kinders word groot. Chanelle Henning se kind was ook in pleegsorg vir 'n lang preiode.

  • Mandla - 2012-12-06 15:51

    brave man you love your child in such a way that you better go in prison if you can not raise your kid.

  • renelaunspach.enomoto - 2013-05-19 08:54

    thank you to the guesthouse owner for being so alert!!!!!!

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