Girls ‘targeted’ on roadside

2015-09-29 06:00

A Retreat woman is calling on authorities to keep children safe as they walk to and from school.

Her child and three more girls have recently fallen victim to crime.

The mother says the girls, including her daughter, were the victims of a robbery and possible kidnapping in Zwaans Road on their way home from school earlier in September.

She says five men drove by in a white Polo with no registration number (only small letters were written on the number plate).

They approached the girls with the boot of the car already open.

The mother says the girls were robbed of their money and one cellphone.

Several days later one of the girls was targeted by the same group of men on her way to school, she says.

The girl reported that the culprits had been driving around the area where the robbery took place and pointed her out, saying: “Daar is daai girl.”

“One guy jumped out of the car and started to chase her; luckily she got away.

“Are our girls now being targeted by these men because they would be able to point the men out, leading to their capture?” she asks.

This is extremely worrying for her as a parent and even more scary for the girls, she says.

“The girls are all traumatised because they feel they are now being watched and targeted. The girls are not sleeping nor eating well. The incident really affected them and I can see my daughter is very worried that this might happen again,” she says.

As parents, she says, they are doing their best to make their children feel safe.

However, she thinks “the police should become more active in the situation and not sit back and wait for incidents to be reported to them”.

“It would help a great deal if the police could be visible before and after school hours, when the children leave for home,” she says.

Sergeant Deidre Solomon, spokesperson of Kirstenhof police station, confirms that a case has been opened and is currently been investigated by detectives.

“Measures have been put in place to increase visibility before and after school in the vicinity of the transport hubs and around school premises, together with the neighbourhood watches to monitor any suspicious vehicles and behaviour,” she says.

Solomon adds this is being done at all schools in the area.

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