A live video showing how a young woman saved a girl from an attempted abduction by a man was shared a million times in a bid to bring him to justice.
The man in the footage, who was believed to be Kadian Nelson, has since been charged with rape and kidnap.
On November 3, he allegedly attempted to abduct a girl in the North Place area of Mitcham.
A key witness shared in an interview how she and her three daughters, Zian 11, Ashanti 20, and Norrisa, 24, helped save the teenage girl.
“Zian was on the way to school when she noticed a guy with his hands over a girls mouth,” said witness identified as Mother Christine.
“She called home and said, ‘I think I just saw a girl get kidnapped by a guy’ So, I told Zian to continue walking onto the main road and that I would go outside the gate.”
“As I went out to the gate, I could see somebody coming towards our road very fast,” she continued.
“As he got closer I realised it was the young girl with the guy, so I called out, ‘hello are you ok?’”
Christine then questioned the man before she screamed and called the police.
She called her daughter Ashanti, and in an effort to stop the abduction, they ran around the corner and into an alleyway.
Ashanti started to record a video, and confronted the man as seen on the viral footage, before Christine caught up and confronted him from behind the camera.
“I was just relieved to see that we had managed to get her off him, even though we didn’t know exactly what had happened,” said Christine.
“I feel good that she is safe, but I feel sick to know that a little girl was on her way to school and had to experience that.”
“Had Zian not of made that phone call and carried on walking and got on her bus, we don’t know what would’ve been,” Christine added, speaking about how proud she is of her youngest child.
“I know sometimes people are scared, but Zian was scared too and she still found that little thing in her to say let me phone and tell them.”