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Girl (10) narrowly escapes kidnapping outside Strand school

A woman, in a white minibus, is said to have approached the learner outside the Rusthof Primary School.

FILE: It’s understood the learner was almost snatched while standing at the school gate on Wednesday. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of a 10-year-old learner outside Rusthof Primary School in Strand.

It's understood the learner was almost snatched while standing at the school gate on Wednesday.

The incident comes amid rumours on social media about a suspicious white Quantum minibus spotted at schools.

The police's Noloyiso Rwexana says the learner is believed to have been approached by a woman driving a white Quantum minibus.

She says the suspect apparently tried to grab the girl after the 10-year-old refused to get into the vehicle.

"The suspect told the child that she was going to take her to a place where she would be happy, but the child refused. The suspect tried to grab the child but [she] escaped."

Police say they cannot confirm whether the incident can be linked to an online rumour about a suspicious minibus spotted at schools.

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