Bogus UP kidnapping circulates on social media

One of the messages about the alleged Hatfield McDonald'€s kidnapping.

The University of Pretoria (UP) is disputing claims that one of their students was abducted on Thursday night.

Spokesperson, Rikus Delport, said there was an incident on the corner of Hilda and Burnett streets but a UP student was not involved.

“The university would like to confirm that reports concerning a gunpoint incident at McDonald’s at Hatfield Plaza did not involve anyone associated with the university.”

Delport said on Thursday a tweet was posted that a UP student had been abducted at gunpoint at McDonald’s restaurant.

“UP Security Services found that no student had been involved,” Delport said.

“UP Security Services was able to confirm that a dispute between two individuals occurred on the corner of Hilda and Burnett streets that evening, but neither of them are affiliated or associated with the University of Pretoria.”

Delport said the university always prioritised on the safety of its students.

“The safety and security of our students is our foremost priority, and the university considers all threats and reports of violence to be an extremely serious matter,” he said.

“Please report all such incidents to security.”

According to the post, a woman was abducted on Thursday evening by two armed men, outside Hatfield Plaza’s McDonald’s.

She was allegedly walking from the Hatfield campus when she was approached by the armed men.

Maria Bane who initially tweeted about the incident said the woman was later freed by her captives.

But McDonald’s spokesperson, Tumi Mkhondo, said the manager at the branch was not aware of the incident.

“If the incident happened outside the restaurant, we would not know if it is true or not, as our CCTV cameras are located inside the restaurant and not outside.”

This comes after a Soshanguve woman Philile Gumede was abducted by two men travelling in a white vehicle on 22 April at the Soshanguve Crossing shopping centre.

Gumede was last seen having lunch at a restaurant at the shopping centre after being dropped off by her boyfriend.

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