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Child Abductions: Wc Education Department Received Reports Of 2 Child Abductions In 2 Weeks


SABC News Western Cape | Western Cape | NARI
15 Aug 2018, Cape Town:

The Western Cape Education Department says they've received reports of two abductions in the Zonnebloem area in Cape Town in the past two weeks.

Ministerial spokesperson, Jessica Shelver, says the information that they've received from the district office indicates that the learners were targeted while they were on their way to or from school. Shelver says both learners were found at a later stage.

She says both learners were drugged; "Reports indicate that the perpetrators

The Western Cape Education Department says they've received reports of two abductions in the Zonnebloem area in Cape Town in the past two weeks.

Ministerial spokesperson, Jessica Shelver, says the information that they've received from the district office indicates that the learners were targeted while they were on their way to or from school. Shelver says both learners were found at a later stage.

She says both learners were drugged; "Reports indicate that the perpetrators are drugging learners and abducting them."

"One reporting the involvement of a white van. We have reported these incidents to the police and our district social workers have issued communications to schools in the area. This is obviously a source of extreme concern. We have not received any reports of this happening in any other area at this stage."



You can keep your little one safe with these tips:

  • Don’t put her name on her clothing or a backpack. If you have to mark her clothes for school, rather label it on the inside where it is not easily visible to strangers. Children often trust adults who know their name.
  • Teach your little one not to just scream when a stranger takes her, but to scream help or something similar. Toddlers often scream in shopping centres even when their parents are picking them up.
  • Teach your child not to accept gifts or sweets from strangers. They should always check with you first.
  • If your child is old enough, teach her your name, surname and telephone number. Even your name and surname will help if she gets lost in a shopping centre. That way, she’ll be able to tell security who her parents are.
  • Never leave your child unsupervised – not even in the play area of a restaurant. Always make sure you have eyes on her at all times.
  • Never ask a stranger to hold your baby, not even for a second.
  • Never leave your child alone in a car or in a stroller – not even for a minute while you turn your back to look at an item behind you.
  • Make sure your little one knows whose car she can get into and that she should scream and run away if a stranger tries to force her into a car.
  • If you’ve arranged for someone else to pick your child up from daycare or preschool, discuss this arrangements with your child and the teacher.
  • Invest in a GPS tracking device. Toddlers are very busy and it’s not difficult to lose sight of them – especially in busy shopping centres

These 10 Tips courtesy of: Living and Loving


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