Western Cape police cast doubt over child kidnapping claims

2016-06-15 21:03
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Cape Town – Police have cast doubt over allegations that children are being kidnapped across the Western Cape, saying they cannot be substantiated with any records.

The only reported incident was an attempted kidnapping in Strand on July 1, said provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut.

In this case, a 10-year-old girl escaped after a woman, driving a white Toyota Quantum, allegedly asked her to come to her vehicle.

No one had been arrested as yet.

Worried parents have shared kidnapping warnings across various Facebook pages.

Messages commonly warned of a white Honda Civic driving around schools and bus stops to snatch children.

Inform children about crime

Traut said a case of crimen injuria was opened a week ago.

It was alleged that a woman photographed a child in Somerset Mall.

"The person implicated in the matter has reported to police and submitted a statement. The case docket has since been referred to the court for a decision regarding possible prosecution."

Traut appealed to the public to refrain from deliberately spreading inaccurate information.

At the same time, the police encouraged parents to inform children about crime and dangerous situations in a responsible manner.

Traut said local police stations were the best places to address any child or neighbourhood safety concerns.

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