No arrests following Ekurhuleni shopping centre kidnapping

A case of kidnapping is under investigation after the alleged kidnapping of a 21-year-old woman at the Riverfield Shopping Centre in Petersfield, Ekurhuleni.

Captain Johannes Ramphora of the Springs police told The Citizen that a full investigation had been launched following the incident.

This after Kimberleigh Smith was  kidnapped on Monday afternoon while chatting with her mother Mariette Jennings on a social network, Springs Advertiser reported.

Ramphora confirmed that Smith was found inside a building in Ekurhuleni on the same day.

Police said Smith underwent tests at the crisis centre at the Far East Rand Hospital following the incident.

On Monday, Jennings received a strange message from her daughter that read: “Silver Getz – Two men”.

“That’s all she said and when I tried phoning her, her phone was off,” said Jennings.

Jennings added that her daughter has been a recovering drug addict for the past four months and currently works in one of the shops at the Riverfield Shopping Centre.

“I was hysterical because I didn’t know what to do. I just received this message from my daughter and couldn’t get hold of her,” said Jennings.

Smith was believed to have walked over to the shop next door where she was accosted by the two men.

At this stage it was unclear how she entered the vehicle and if she knew her kidnappers.

Last month, a man was arrested in Zola, Soweto for allegedlykidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl

It was alleged the man [allegedly] locked the girl inside his house and went to work. The girl managed to find a phone and alert her parents.

Police said the girl was found after four days.

– Caxton News Service

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