A 16-year-old girl who was reported missing in Johannesburg last week was eventually found safe and sound at a restaurant having lunch with friends. According to Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, the girl’s phone had been off for a period of time.
GIRL ALLEGEDLY TRAVELLED TO CAPE TOWN AND THEN BACK TO JOHANNESBURG
The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Trafficking in person task team found a 16-year-old missing girl in Orlando East on Tuesday 22 September. According to Mulamu, the girl was reported as a missing person in Johannesburg by her family a week ago.
The investigation team followed on information which led them to Cape Town where she was suspected to have been. When the team searched in Cape Town, they received information that she was back in Johannesburg.
She was eventually found safe at a restaurant having lunch with friends.
“Procedurally the girl was given medical attention and taken to a place of safety for observation. The investigation will be looking into circumstances surrounding her disappearance,” said Mulamu.
UNKNOWN MAN TRIES TO SNATCH FOUR-YEAR-OLD GIRL
On Thursday 10 September, an unknown man tried to take a four-year-old child from a pizza shop in Florida Johannesburg.
A video that went viral on social media shows two women sitting down at a table with a young child outside a restaurant. Suddenly, an unknown man jumps over the railing and can be seen heading straight for the child. The man, who is now an arrested suspect, could also be seen violently groping the child around her neck.
The 24-year-old suspect was arrested and appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court the next morning on Friday 11 September.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN SA
Following the incident in Florida, the topic of human trafficking has been on the lips of many South Africans. Despite police confirming that human trafficking was not linked to the incident, it has still been a topic of concern.
“This has been a reminder to both the authorities as well as every inhabitant of this country of the level of vigilance we need to employ to ensure that people are and feel safe,” said Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo.
On Wednesday 23 September, the Put South Africans Movement, led by many organisations marched to the Zimbabwean and Nigerian embassies in a bid to have foreigners deported. The movement said foreigners have been associated with social ills such as human trafficking, child abductions, prostitution and farm murders.
More information on the march can be found here.
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