Missing children are often runaways - Pink Ladies organisation

2016-03-10 05:48

Johannesburg – Some reported cases of missing children are runaways who eventually make their way back home, the Pink Ladies organisation for missing children said.

The non-profit body was established to reunite missing children with their families and its co-director Jacqui Thomas told News24 they were able to report many success stories.

"We have had a great improvement in the cases we work on. Overall our live recovery rate has improved to 90% from when we started in 2007," she said.

A total of 27 children between the ages of nine and 16 have gone missing this year.

Not all cases have a happy ending, though.

One of the more tragic cases the organisation was involved in was that of nine-year-old Zinhle Ndala who was found dead after she had disappeared from her home in Mamelodi East on January 4. 

"The cases we work on more often than not don't usually involve a criminal element. A lot of them are runaways who usually come back.

"There are times when we get cases like Franziska Blöchliger which are tragic and make our work that much harder," she said.

Sixteen-year-old Blöchliger's body was found about half an hour in Tokai Forest in Cape Town, after she went missing on Monday.

Thomas said the Pink Ladies had two offices, in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, and a task team that works with the police and social workers. 

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