The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said crime is out of control in South Africa and called for efforts to fight crime to be heightened.
The mother of EFF national spokesperson Sinawo Thambo’s six year old daughter is in pain after sustaining injuries while escaping an Uber kidnap attempt this week.
Thambo said while doing an interview with the national broadcaster about Hillary Gardee 28 is who was abducted, raped, shot and murdered last week, he learned that the mother of his daughter had jumped out from a moving to escape a kidnap attempt..
Thambo said she was on her way to Bosman station with two other friends, when they reached the destination the two stepped out, as she was stepping out the driver started driving away with her in oncoming traffic..
“She alerted the driver that she was still inside the car but the driver continued driving off, she panicked and jumped out from the moving car as she suspected that this was a kidnap attempt,” Thambo said.
He said the police did not assist her.
I decided to jump out. pic.twitter.com/puzOij812b— LitanyForSurvival (@Mmehhee) May 10, 2022
“When she went to Bosman Police Station, she was told that there was no stationery, she proceeded to Pretoria Central Police Station where they also gave her a run around. At that time she needed medical assistance and police did not assist her, so she went to seek medical help,” he said.
On 10 May, Twitter user LitanyForSurvival tweeted: “Last night around 18:45 three friends and I requested an Uner from a friend's place to the bus station for my bus back to Nelspruit.
When we got to the station my friends got off and as I was getting ready to get off, the driver sped off.
At first I thought he didn't see that I was still in the car but the look he shot back as he was speeding away made it very clear that this man intended to drive away with me. I decided to jump out”.
“We went to Bosman to open a case but they didn't help us because they didn't have stationery/material. We then went to Central and they didn't help us either. They gave us a J88 form to take to the hospital with no stamp, investigating officer or case no”.
Thambo said the mother of her child will open a case since she has the registration and details of the Uber.
“We will follow this up with the police to ensure that this individual stops before victimising anyone else,” Thambo said.
He said she is a bit rattled and is still recovering from her injuries..
Thambo said he does not want to make any speculations and connect this attempt to an attack on EFF.
“I think this was a random crime, it shows all of us that politicians or those related to them are not immune to criminal activities. There is no evidence that this is a coordinated attack on EFF; it shows us that crime is out of control in South Africa,” he said.
Thambo said it is reckless for some police stations who fail to assist victims due to lack of stationery
Thambo said the EFF will pay a visit to the police station that told the victim that it did not have stationery to make sure that it is capacitated to handle crime.