KICKS AND SCREAMS SAVE GIRL FROM BEING ABDUCTED
By: Sandile Zikhali
A female student was left with her private parts cut after an abduction attempt on Botanic Road on Wednesday.
Mmemeng Khaholi who is originally from Vaal and is doing her first year at Sky Aviation Academy, a college situated at Mayville, said that she was coming from a tuck shop to buy airtime when a white Polo Vivo instantly slammed on the brakes behind her. She said the vehicle had four men inside and two of the men got out and shouted at her in Zulu demanding her cellphone.
“While I was still puzzled by the way the car stopped, two men got out and demanded my phone. They shouted a lot of things but since I’m not that fluent in Zulu I couldn’t make out most of the things they were saying,” Khaholi said.
“These two men pulled out knives and they started grabbing me, one man grabbed me by my braids and another one was pulling me from my legs. My head was not thinking straight, the pain as they were pulling me by the braids was unbearable. I screamed at the top of my voice and started kicking as they were now trying to pull me into the car and cutting the leggings I was wearing, in my head I just knew they wanted to do more than just take my cellphone. No one was around to help me, Botanic Rd which is usually a busy road was quite on that day and there weren’t any cars passing by or people on the road,” Khaholi said.
Khaholi made her escape when she kicked one of the men that were pulling her into the car, overpowered the one who was pulling her by the braids and she ran for her commune.
“The other guy who was pulling me by the braids pulled me so hard that when I pulled away some of my braids were pulled off and were left in his hands,” Khaholi said.
Nokuthula Dlamini, a student from Durban University of Technology and resides with Khaholi at their commune, said that she doesn’t feel safe when coming back from school.”
“On that day I arrived just few minutes after Khaholi, this could have happened to me. I don’t feel safe anymore and I can’t go to the school library at night anymore because of this incident,” said Dlamini.
Lungelo Sibiya, a Psychology student from UNISA and who stays in the same commune, said that she feels unsafe. And, the fact that this happened only a few houses from the police station makes it even more shocking.
“Even when we went to the police station to report the matter, the police were not supporting enough, they didn’t call the ambulance even though she was limping and her leg was covered in blood after she was cut when the crooks were reaping her leggings with knives,” said Sibiya.
According to a response message sent by Mr Xulu who is from the Berea police, he warned girls around Berea and Botanic to keep an eye out for any suspicious cars. And, he urges for victims to get number plates of the car and report it to the Berea police station. He added that there was a similar incident reported when a car followed a girl from the DUT ML Sultan campus to her commune on Thursday. She was aware of that and she asked three guys she met on the way to accompany her to her commune. The girl was not attacked or harmed in any way.
“A team of police officers have been appointed to investigate and keep a look out for suspicious behavior around Berea,” Xulu said.