Last updated on Sep 4th, 2019 at 08:46 am

The six-year-old Grade R girl was kidnapped by four men in front of Laerskool Kollegepark in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, at around 07:40 on Monday morning…

The men loaded Amy-Leigh de Jager into a white Toyota Fortuner and drove off with her.

The abduction launched a province-wide manhunt, while South Africans took to their knees to pray for her safe return.

According to a report in TimesLIVE, Amy-Leigh was dropped off by her kidnappers in an unnamed street at around 2AM on Tuesday morning. Residents nearby heard her crying and rushed her to the police station. She was immediately returned to her parents, and was also sent for a medical examination.

It is not known whether her parents paid the R2m ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

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The investigation still continues into the kidnapping and anyone who has information about the incident has been urged to come forward.

South Africans wearing black

The abduction was just one of a number of horrific incidents that have targeted women and children in the country over the past few weeks.

#SAShutdown – National outcry over crimes against women and children

Uyinene Mrwetyana, Jesse Hess, Leighandre Jegels, Janika Mallo, Lynette Volschenk, and Meghan Cremer were all brutally murdered in the last month – leading to a call for an #SAShutdown on social media. The #SAShutdown movement is calling on government to acknowledge the horrific increase in brutal crimes against women, and to take action against the perpetrators.

Many South African women have committed to wearing black on Tuesday, 3 September in a demonstration of solidarity.