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Nigerian kidnapping syndicate remanded in custody. Image: Pixabay.

KZN teenager manages to untie herself and flees kidnapper

A teenager was kidnapped in Verulam; her hands and feet were tied with a rope. The bare-breasted girl managed to untie herself and seek help.

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Nigerian kidnapping syndicate remanded in custody. Image: Pixabay.

A 19-year-old teenager who was allegedly kidnapped outside a fast food outlet on Ireland Street in the Verulam CBD in KwaZulu-Natal managed to escape and seek assistance following the ordeal. 

The female was reportedly kidnapped on Monday night, 3 July. 


According to private security, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), the teenager approached one of their members on Hilltop Drive opposite the Trenance Park entrance requesting assistance. 

RUSA spokesperson Prem Balram said the 19-year-old explained that she took a taxi at approximately 10:00 from her residence in Hazelmere to purchase fast food for her family. 

Balram said when the teenager entered the store, she realised that she did not have enough money to purchase the meal and decided to leave. She was then stopped by a man who attempted to strike up a conversation with her but she ignored him and walked away. 

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“She further explained that while walking on Ireland Street, the man approached her in his vehicle (make, model and registration unknown). He forced her into the car and drove to a residence near Trenance Park. He forced her into the house and bound her feet with rope before removing her shirt. 

“The female managed to untie herself and flee from the residence when her kidnapper left the room. The bare chested girl met a man nearby who offered her his t-shirt and pointed her to a RUSA Member who was in the vicinity,” Balram explained. 

The teenager was unable to provide reaction officers with any information regarding the location of the suspect’s residence or a description of his vehicle.

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