Cape Town teen, 14, manages to elude attempted kidnappers

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A teen has eluded her alleged kidnappers.
A teen has eluded her alleged kidnappers.
Jonathan Burton
  • A 14-year-old girl survived an attempted kidnapping while walking home from school last week.
  • It is alleged the teen was asked for directions before three occupants of a car tried to snatch her.
  • The teen was assisted by people in a delivery vehicle, who took her to the Brackenfell police station.

A 14-year-old girl narrowly escaped after an attempted kidnapping in Brackenfell on Tuesday afternoon.

Western Cape police spokesperson, FC van Wyk, said the teen was walking home from school at about 15:15.

"It is alleged that a blue Volkswagen Polo, with three occupants, stopped next to her in Paradys Street, Brackenfell, and asked the girl if she knew where Green Point was. The front passenger allegedly got out of the Polo and tried to grab the girl, but she was too quick and ran in the opposite direction, where she stopped a delivery vehicle for help," Van Wyk said.

The blue Polo, with an unknown registration number, fled the scene.

The occupants of the delivery vehicle took the teenage girl to the Brackenfell police station.

"Apart from being traumatised, the girl sustained no injuries," Van Wyk added.

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Resident Marlene Arendse, who lives in the Brackenfell area, said she could not believe it when she heard about the attempted kidnapping. 

She added: 

I am extremely grateful that the young girl managed to escape these kidnappers, but, at the same time, it's quite concerning that these kidnappers think it is okay to come into the area and cause havoc.

Van Wyk said the investigation is ongoing.

News24 has attempted to reach out to the teen's family, but had not received any comment at the time of publishing. It will be added once received.  

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Warrant Officer Raymond Saville of the Brackenfell Detective Branch on 079 522 1790 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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