Nowadays one often hears reports in the media that an adult person has been "abducted" (Afrikaans: "ontvoer") and that his/her relatives paid a ransom (Afrikaans: "losprys") for his release. The subsequent reports note that "the police has opened a case of 'abduction' and is investigating the matter".
The statement supra is, of course, totally incorrect and is a mix-up of “common law abduction” and “common law kidnapping” (Afrikaans: “menseroof”).
On p403 of Criminal Law, fifth edition as published by LexisNexis, the learned author Snyman defines common law abduction as follows: “A person, either male or female, commits abduction if s/he unlawfully and intentionally removes an unmarried minor*, who may likewise be either male or female, from the control of his/her parents or guardian and without the consent of such parents or guardian, intending that s/he or somebody else may marry or have sexual intercourse with the minor.”
* Minor refers to a person under the age of 18 years.