Awareness raised around missing people

2017-05-23 06:00

The police and City of Cape Town’s Metro Police recommitted their services for missing children to the residents of the Manenberg policing precinct on Wednesday.

“In the most recent cases of missing children, where children were found violently murdered by people they knew, we found that community still doesn’t know what to do in case children go missing,” says Manenberg police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett.

He says the partnership has been strengthened to make residents aware of the process to be followed when a person goes missing.

“There is no waiting period for any person that has gone missing. There are protocols in place to be activated. The police will set up and coordinate a search. Detectives will be notified to ensure process is followed. Investigation is priority,” adds Bennett.

Residents are reminded that community resources will form part of a search party for children under the age of 11.

“We want parents to know what services are available when a person is reported missing and the importance of reporting a child missing immediately.

“The first hour is critical to ensure a child’s safe return, but the more time lapses the more difficult it becomes. We as law enforcement and the government department responsible for child safety will ensure the community of Manenberg will be kept informed,” says Bennett.

He says police and all external roleplayers, including Metro Police and the City’s Law Enforcement officers, will remain alert to the importance of ensuring the safety of every child and the most vulnerable residents.

“We have established and identified people who will be active in the sectors to ensure authorities are informed in time and will be part of the activation group within the Manenberg policing precinct. They would liaise directly with sector managers,” says Bennett.

Brigadier Enolium Josephs has acknowledged three children who died recently during the time they were missing, including three-year-old Courtney Pieters. He has pledged to relook the local case of Asheeqah Noordien who has been missing since 2006. She went missing near Eva Court when she was six years old.

“Asheeqah’s grandmother and mother were present. They remain hopeful as the investigation continues,” says Bennett.

V Readers who need more information on how to get involved can call Manenberg Police Station on 021 699 9400.

The police and City of Cape Town’s Metro Police recommitted their services for missing children to the residents of the Manenberg policing precinct on ­Wednesday.

“In the most recent cases of missing children, where children were found violently murdered by people they knew, we found that community still doesn’t know what to do in case children go missing,” says Manenberg police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett.

He says the partnership has been strengthened to make residents aware of the process to be followed when a person goes missing.

“There is no waiting period for any person that has gone missing. There are protocols in place to be activated. The police will set up and coordinate a search. Detectives will be notified to ensure process is followed. Investigation is priority,” adds Bennett.

Residents are reminded that community resources will form part of a search party for children under the age of 11.

“We want parents to know what services are available when a person is reported missing and the importance of reporting a child missing immediately.

“The first hour is critical to ensure a child’s safe return, but the more time lapses the more difficult it becomes. We as law enforcement and the government department responsible for child safety will ensure the community of Manenberg will be kept informed,” says ­Bennett.

He says police and all external roleplayers, including Metro Police and the City’s Law Enforcement officers, will remain alert to the importance of ensuring the safety of every child and the most vulnerable residents.

“We have established and identified people who will be active in the sectors to ensure authorities are informed in time and will be part of the activation group within the Manenberg policing precinct. They would liaise directly with sector managers,” says Bennett.

Brigadier Enolium Josephs has acknowledged three children who died recently during the time they were missing, including three-year-old Courtney Pieters. He has pledged to relook the local case of Asheeqah Noordien who has been missing since 2006. She went missing near Eva Court when she was six years old.

“Asheeqah’s grandmother and mother were present. They remain hopeful as the investigation continues,” says Bennett.

V Readers who need more information on how to get involved can call Manenberg Police Station on 021 699 9400.

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