A SCHOOL teacher accused of kidnapping one of her own pupils is pictured smiling alongside the child’s mum.
Tharina Human, 27, of Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, is said to have masterminded the wicked plot to abduct Amy-Leigh de Jager, 6, and hold her to ransom for £110,000.
Mother Angeline, left, poses for a picture with Tharina Human, right – the woman accused of helping to kidnap her daughter[/caption]
The child was snatched from the arms of her screaming mother Angeline at the school gates by four men in balaclavas who sped off in a Toyota Fortuner
Distraught Angeline and her husband Wynand, an F1 powerboat racer, were horrified after receiving a chilling phone call demanding a ransom for Amy-Leigh’s safe return.
They were not reunited with their daughter for another 19 hours when the kidnappers panicked by the huge media attention to the story.
Amy-Leigh was dumped on a street corner at 2am in the pitch black in an area where a man had been hacked 36 times to death with a knife days before.
A couple who had just left a pub found her crying for her mum and carried her on piggy back to a local police station.
Miraculously the tot’s mum and dad were already inside the same station and broke down in tears when they saw the six-year-old alive.
Police sent shockwaves throughout the country when they arrested two women and a man the following day – and revealed that one of the suspects was the child’s teacher.
Ms Human was also close friends with the mother of the kidnapped girl and they were Facebook friends who addressed each other as ‘heksie’ meaning ‘little witch.’
The woman was also the form teacher for Amy-Leigh’s brother Jayden, 5.
Local media quoted police sources as saying the teacher had a drug habit and had run up huge debts with her dealer.
It is claimed she hatched the kidnap plot to pay off the gangster.
Amy-Leigh de Jager was snatched from her mum’s arms on the school run on Monday[/caption]
The mum-of-two, left, considered Ms Human, right, a trusted and loyal friend[/caption]
Now she is facing a lengthy prison sentence if she is found guilty of kidnapping one of her pupils.
Ms Human from Kollegepark Primary School in Vanderbijlpark just south of Johannesburg was in the town magistrates court charged with kidnapping.
Her co-accused was another woman Laetitia Nel, 40, and Pieter Jacobus van Zyl, 50, and the hunt is still going on for the four men who abducted the girl.
The three were remanded in custody by magistrate Hussain Kotha in front of Amy-Leigh’s parents Angeline and Wynand who saw their ex-friend in court.
Mum-of-two Angeline wept when she saw her trusted friend brought up from the cells and rested her head on her husband’s shoulder.
All three were charged with kidnapping and will return to court to apply for bail on September 19 and were told by the magistrate they would remain in custody.
Ms Human’s Facebook page has been taken down but there were several pictures of the her with Amy-Leigh’s mother Angeline posted on her timeline.
Shortly after the kidnapping on Monday, the teacher sent a series of WhatsApp voice notes to parents saying their kids were safe but there were “sickos out there”.
She also asked for money for “flowers and a hamper” for Amy-Leigh’s parents.
Amy-Leigh’s family said they cried “tears of relief” after she was found[/caption]
News24 said it has heard a voice note attributed to Ms Human’s father which it had verified as true saying his daughter used “narcotics” and owed a drug lord money.
She reportedly went out of the school gates and comforted her friend Amy-Leigh’s mother Angeline by her car where she was in tears after her daughter had been snatched.
The alleged kidnapper said she promised to keep her other child Jayden safe.
She is alleged to have sent a series of voice notes to a WhatsApp group for parents saying she was “as shocked” as they were and asking them all to pray for the girl.
She said to the parents: “All we can do now is pray that she is safe, wherever and whatever. I promise you I am guarding your children with my life.
“I’ll kill someone hey – I’m just as stressed as you are. We ask the Lord protects Amy-Leigh. What has happened is terrible. You can’t imagine it.
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“There are sicko’s out there – you can’t take chances these days” she said.
Angeline had just parked her VW Polo at the school gates to walk her daughter and son into school when four men abducted her daughter.
A short while later her father Wynand received a mobile call demanding a R2 million ransom.
Amy-Leigh is said to be recovering from her ordeal but is having difficulty sleeping and has not returned to school.
CCTV shows the 4×4 driving off with the girl in the back after the terrifying abduction near Johannesburg[/caption]
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