South African Sithembile Ncwane, who was allegedly kidnapped on Friday, has been found alive albeit with injuries.
Ncwane, 23, from KwaDabeka, outside Durban, disappeared minutes after texting her mother that she was being followed by a car, prompting a police search.
On Saturday evening, police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbele said Ncwane had been found alive. She had been dropped off by her kidnappers.
A kidnapping case has been opened.
“She has injuries and has been taken to hospital for medical checks,” said Mbele.
Earlier in the day, police appealed for help to find the 23-year-old.
Mbele said Ncwane had been walking along Khululeka Drive when she sent her mother a text message to say that a vehicle was following her and that it appeared suspicious.
“She requested her mother to call her back after two minutes to check on her. When the mother phoned back, her cellphone was already off.”
The incident came after several cases involving violence against and abuse of women made headlines.
University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana, who was allegedly killed by a Post Office employee at a post office in Claremont, was buried on Saturday.
Another prominent case involved professional boxing champ Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels, who was shot and killed, allegedly by her police officer boyfriend, after an apparent domestic disagreement.
South African women also took to social media, under the hashtag #AmINext, to call for an end to the violence.