A teenage girl who was the subject of an alleged abduction on Monday has returned home safe and sound – and local policing forums in Durban have also shed more light on the shocking viral video.
Watch: Durban ‘abduction’ not what it seems
Footage captured by a driver in the Avoca region of Durban (north of the city) shows the bizarre moment the learner was bundled into the back of a Renault Tribeca by an irate male. The teen can be seen fighting against her restrainer, as bystanders look on without intervening.
It was a domestic dispute, not a criminal offence…
The 20-second clip leaves us with a rather vague conclusion. But video uploaders Action Bulletproof claim that they had witnessed an abduction here. This sent social media into a flat panic, and coordinated attempts to find the girl were started yesterday. However, the search barely got off the ground before it was halted.
Law enforcement officials have confirmed that the incident was a domestic dispute, rather than an abduction. The pair are friends, it has been stated, and the girl was returned home shortly after this clip was posted online.
There are no legal charges that are being pressed, and the police are powerless to act on this basis. The concern and outpouring of support for the girl in the back of the car took social media by storm, and a spate of high profile abductions in South Africa has left the public on high alert for incidents like these.
A young schoolgirl was snatched in Mayfair recently, and only returned home after going missing for weeks. Four brothers from the Moti family were also subjected to a similar ordeal. Thankfully, the drama witnessed in Avoca proved to be something much less sinister, and SAPS now consider the matter resolved.