Tea Teacher left her home in Thubelitsha, Delft, on December 16.
On Thursday, admin for the well-known group, Western Cape Gangwatch, was stunned when it received an email which read: “Do you want to find Linathi Titshala. If you want her safe return you are to pay 5 Bitcoin to the following Bitcoin address. 1Bk4TQzDXhxGgMwrXcaFhViSyoT9GLk2kN. You have 48 hours should you not transfer the bitcoin in 48 hours we will cease communication. This email is going to be deleted in 12 hours.”
Bitcoin is a virtual electronic currency that is difficult to track.
Gangwatch, which regularly works with law enforcement agencies, tried to trace the email.