Ashleigh Bapela and her young sister were almost abducted on Tuesday, next to the Tshwane University of Technology situated in Soshanguve. They were stopped by a suspect believed to be a Nigerian who poses as a Uber driver and turns out to be a culprit involved in human traffic. Bapela posted on her Facebook account that ‘’my young sister and I were almost taken by a car with the registration FD22K, in Soshanguve. I’m not sure about the model but it was a grey Chevrolet,”

“The driver pretended to be a lost Uber driver looking for a client and he had a Nigerian accent and with him was another guy lying at the back. They almost abducted us and people around Soshanguve Crossing, TUT, Block L area, and surrounding areas must be extra cautious.” She added.

Lethabo Nkuna said ‘’when you are using an Uber boarding ask the driver to take a picture of himself and his car even if he is the driver in the profile and it is the same car on the app. To send to someone before boarding see his reaction because I once asked to take a picture and he sped off with his car showing he had an ill intention for me then I requested another one and he agreed to the take a picture’’.

Laangbom Nonz said “even in Pretoria CBD most of them are driven by Nigerians and 99. % of them are bad news. They almost abducted my little sister but God was by her side because security in Menlyn mall saw that there’s something wrong and saved her. They were alert because previous days some young women were abducted and one of them managed to get off from the running car and she was badly injured.

”According to a report by Lee Rondganger it stated that traffickers operating in South Africa are syndicated, often dominated by Nigerians who force South Africa women into commercial sex. The report said that the South Africa government did not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but was making significant efforts of doing so. Soshanguve SAPS Spokespersons were contacted for comment and by the time this story went to publication had not yet responded.

By: Nthabiseng Makhubela

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