Sometime last night (07 June 2017) Miss South Africa, Demi Leigh Nel-Peters fell victim to an attempted armed hijacking near Hyde Park Corner Shopping Mall, Johannesburg, not so far from the ZAlebs offices.
In light of the attempted hijacking incident this evening, @official_missSA can confirm that Demi-Leigh is safe and unharmed.— Miss South Africa (@Official_MissSA) June 7, 2017
Fortunately, Miss Nel-Peters was unharmed and a good Samaritan came to the rescue and drove her away from the scene where her car and handbag were later recovered. Unfortunately, her personal belongings were taken by her attackers.
Following news of the incident, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula reached out to Miss SA as part of his recent focus on and outreach to female and children victims of crime.
“As it can be understood, Miss Nel-Peters is shaken but in good spirit and safe - she has incredible courage” said Minister Fikile Mbalula in a statement.
SAPS have conducted interviews and scene investigations at the scene of the crime following Minister Mbalula’s message to SAPS to treat each reported crime against women as a priority anywhere, whether in Hyde Park or Pimville.
Minister Mbalula views all crimes against women as an added priority and has reiterated that, “we have no time to waste as criminals terrorizes citizens especially our women and children.”
He also urges South Africans to report criminals and stop buying stolen goods or suspected stolen goods as this fuels the market for crime.
The Minister vows to continue deploying all resources needed in the fight against violent crimes and crimes against women whether at their homes or outside their homes. Whether or not the SAPS will put this into effect is yet to be witnessed.
We thank the Hon. Minister @mbululafikile and the SAPS for their tireless efforts to combat crime. https://t.co/TFEVC0HFSt— Miss South Africa (@Official_MissSA) June 7, 2017
The minister added; ”no resources will be spared in the fight against crime. Enough is Enough was two decades ago, now is the time to take the war against crime direct to these enemies of the people, it should be made a societal shame when armed men point deadly weapons at females, these cowards are called amagwala”.
“Each father, brother, uncle must realize that each crime against a female could be a crime against a sister, mother or aunt. Men must protect their women folk and not turn them into prey,” he said in closing.
Yikes, we wonder how this will affect the authenticity of her road safety campaign...
Main image credit: all4women.co.za