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Family relieved after kidnapped Soweto nurse found

Nonzwakazi Luthuli was discovered by community members at Orlando East Park on Friday night.

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of a Soweto nurse who was kidnapped on her way to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital 12 days ago say they are relieved that she's been found alive but are still praying that she will fully recover.

Nonzwakazi Luthuli was discovered by community members at Orlando East Park on Friday night.

Police say she was heavily drugged and is still being treated in hospital.

Luthuli's family say while they are thrilled she is alive, they are distraught that she cannot communicate with them.

Her sister Nopasika Ngqetho said she is still drowsy and hasn't said a word since she was found on Friday

"At the moment she is at hospital. She is still weak. We are very concerned about her."

Relatives say they are waiting for Luthuli's condition to stabilise so they can bring her five-year-old son to see her.

Meanwhile, police are still searching for the kidnappers who sent an SMS to the family demanding a ransom of R50,000 for her safe return.