Workers rescue girl (9) on highway

2015-12-15 06:00

Anine-year-old girl from Phumlani Village near Lotus River has been reunited with her family after she was found by City traffic officers wandering alone along the N1 highway.

She had been separated from a group that had been attending a fun day event near Century City on Saturday 5 December at about 12:30.

The City’s traffic control room called for assistance after spotting a minor on the CCTV cameras, walking alone along the N1 (near FW De Klerk Boulevard). The girl, dressed in pink, was walking along the median on the highway. Two on-duty traffic officers responded to the call quickly realising that the child was unaware of the dangerous situation she was in.

Swift action by the officers led them to a group of construction workers who had spotted the girl walking towards the Cape Town CBD near the vicinity of Paarden Eiland. The workers kept the girl with them and within three minutes the officers arrived at the scene where they found them trying to calm the traumatised child.

The crying child was quickly comforted and reassured by the officers not to be afraid and that they would help her.

Mayoral committee member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says the officers were able to console the girl and got her details to ensure her safe return to her parents.

“The sympathy and compassion showed by the officers is worthy of praise. They managed to calm the young girl so that she was able to provide them with her personal details. The girl explained to the officers that she had been part of a group who had attended a school outing near Canal Walk. She said that she’d become separated from her group and when she looked for them they had already left without her,” Smith explains.

The girl also informed the officers that she lived in Phumlani Village near Lotus River so they drove along the M5 in the hope that she would recognise her surroundings.

At Klip Road, near Grassy Park, the girl was able to direct the officers to her school and her grandmother’s house. The girl burst into tears when they arrived at her grandmother’s house. Her grandmother was unaware that she was lost, thinking that she was on the school outing. She was grateful to the officers for the safe return of the child.

“It is quite frightening that this minor was found approximately 5km away from the function venue. By the time the officers found her, the group she had been with would have been home for some time. She was not missed by her classmates or the school representatives, which is extremely concerning. I would like to commend the traffic officers for their quick response.”

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