Kwazakhele CPF warns of strangers in community

2016-09-14 06:00
Kwazakhele CPF chairperson Mawethu Poni. Photo:  NCEBA DLADLA

Kwazakhele CPF chairperson Mawethu Poni. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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KWAZAKHELE Community Police Forum (CPF) Chairperson Mawethu Poni has issued a stern warning to members of the community to live together and know one another.

This follows the recent abduction, rape and killing of seven-year-old Sonia Payi of Mbilini Street, Kwazakhele, and the alleged abduction of three children aged 5, 6 and 8 by a KwaMashu, Durban, woman who residents believe wanted to traffick the children to KZN.

Thanks to cooperation between members of the public and the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the social network Facebook, the children were found and the woman arrested. She was saved from mob justice.

“We condemn this child trafficking in strongest possible terms. We therefore call on all residents to look out for the safety of our children. Let’s guard against strangers who prey on little children, the future leaders,” said Poni, adding that with the recent report on national television of 57 children that had gone missing, an inference could be made that evildoers were out to victimise children.

Poni said communities should warn children about talking to strangers even if they promised to give them money.

“As for the members of the community, I think it is time that they get to know one another. They must be able to identify strangers in their neighbourhoods and ask them questions,” the CPF Chairperson said, adding that he believed this was a national scourge of child-trafficking against which members of the community should unite.

“I’d like members of the community to see this as an organised crime which must be rooted out at all costs.

“We therefore urge anyone who might have seen something regarding the kidnapping and murder of Sonia to inform the police,” Poni said.

Port Elizabeth police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said people with information about the incident could contact the police anonymously on 08600 10111 or visit their nearest police station.

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