Cape Town - Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters narrowly escaped a hijacking on Wednesday night.
According to a statement released by the Official Miss South Africa Facebook page, Demi-Leigh was approached by three men on Jan Smuts Avenue in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
She managed to exit the vehicle and a good Samaritan came to Demi's aid and drove her away from the scene.
"Her car and handbag was later recovered at the scene by a security company. The police are investigating further. Demi is shaken by the incident but unharmed," the statement reads.
Following the incident, Fikile Mbalula, the Minister of Police, released a statement, saying he views all crimes against women as an "added priority" and reiterated that "we have no time to waste."
The minister went on to say: "No resources will be spared in the fight against crime."
Read the full statement here:
I've learned of an attempted hijacked of Miss SA. The attack on women and children will be hard fought. Crime Must Fall pic.twitter.com/119O6BBgpE— RSA Police Minister (@MbalulaFikile) June 7, 2017
The official Miss South Africa Twitter page has confirmed that Demi-Leigh is "safe and unharmed."
In light of the attempted hijacking incident this evening, @official_missSA can confirm that Demi-Leigh is safe and unharmed.— Miss South Africa (@Official_MissSA) June 7, 2017
Sun International - licence holders of the Miss South Africa pageant - have confirmed that Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was the victim of an attempted hijacking.
In statement released to the press they confirmed that Demi-Leigh is "doing well" although "shaken" by the incident.