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Kidnapped woman released after payment of R1.1m ransom



Week-long ordeal ends for Riana Pretorius

After a week of intense negotiations behind closed doors, payment of a R1.1m ransom, prayer services and an arrest, Riana Pretorius, 26, was finally released by her kidnappers in the early hours of Friday.

Uncertainty and ransom demand

It was eight days of torture for her family, friends and colleagues, unsure where the young woman was as a R2m ransom demand was made by the men responsible for kidnapping her.

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