Namola, South Africa's most trusted free personal safety and tracking app prevented this family member's holiday from ending in tragedy.
True Testimonial from Debbie (Gauteng)
When Debbie started sharing her location with her family and made her family do the same, she thought that it would be one of those overhyped apps that would only ever be useful to see when her husband was on his way back home from work. Never in her wildest dreams did she think that it would assist her in saving her nephew's life
Debbie’s nephew, Kyle, was on his way to Sun City when disaster struck.
“He was driving towards Sun City on the R556 when he saw a huge boulder in the road,” says Debbie. “He slowed down to try and pass it but there was an oncoming car and so he had to stop. To his horror, the oncoming car stopped too. Three men jumped out the car wielding guns and forced their way into his car.”
Kyle, held hostage by the assailants and was beaten until he gave them the pin to his bank card. Cleverly, Kyle gave them the card that was linked with his aunt’s account hoping she would realise that something was wrong when she received the irregular payment notifications on her phone.
Debbie indeed saw the strange amounts and tried to call Kyle, initially with no answer, and then when he did pick up his one-word answers seemed strained and tense. She hung up and requested assistance through the Namola App.
“I wasn’t sure that anyone was going to believe my story as I did not have concrete evidence that he was being held against his will. Just a feeling. The operator was so efficient. She asked if I had Kyle as a contact on the Namola App and if he was sharing his location with me. Thank goodness I did,” says Debbie. With this information, she was able to get Kyle’s location to the police.
Getting what they wanted the perpetrators holding Kyle hostage, took off on foot, leaving Kyle and his car, shaken but safe. Minutes later the police arrived at his location, thanks to the use of the GPS on his phone.
“The app had a quick response and the operator was helpful and supportive through the whole process. I cannot thank you enough for finding my nephew. I have and will continue to recommend the Namola App to everyone I know.”
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