Negotiators the unseen heroes in Amy’Leigh abduction drama

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Negotiators the unseen heroes in Amy’Leigh abduction drama

Police negotiators who brokered her return spent hours on tenterhooks as the six-year-old’s life hung in the balance

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Hostage negotiators charged with ensuring the safe return of snatched Vanderbijlpark schoolgirl Amy’Leigh de Jager would have spent hours on an emotional tightrope, second-guessing their decisions as her life hung in the balance.  

Their unseen brinkmanship played out in a nondescript office at the Vanderbijlpark police station in the hours after her abduction on Monday, and played a critical role in the police response to the chilling crime.

The six-year-old was snatched by a gang of men at a drop-off point at Laerskool Kollegepark in Vanderbijlpark on Monday morning while her mother, Angeline, walked the girl and her five-year-old brother, Jayden, to the school’s gate...

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