Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Photo: Yolanda van der Stoep)
Cape Town - Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters narrowly escaped a hijacking on Wednesday night.
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."
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.