DAWN KZN hands over memorandum of concerns to Phoenix Police Station

Democratic Alliance media statement by Shehana Kajee

Democratic Alliance Women’s Network Chair in KZN

 

DAWN KZN hands over memorandum of concerns to Phoenix Police Station

 

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The KZN DA Women’s Network (DAWN) today picketed outside the Phoenix police station to highlight the increase in the abduction, trafficking, and killing of children.

DAWN handed over a memorandum of concerns to the Phoenix Station Commander, Captain Bafana Ndlovu.

While the exact number of children affected by this scourge in South Africa remains uncertain, one child abducted, trafficked or murdered is one too many.

The lack of effective border control in South Africa exacerbates the problem of child trafficking. Our porous borders make it extremely easy for traffickers to move children from our country into neighbouring countries, without being detected and probably never to be found again.

What is also needed is an awareness campaign. Children need to be taught to be wary of known and unknown people who offer to take them out. Parents should be encouraged to educate their children about the dangers around them.

It is important to note that there is no 24 hour waiting period before a child can be reported as missing. All instances of missing children must be reported to the authorities immediately.

Time, in instances of child abduction, is critical and may be the difference between life and death.

According to the South African Institute of Relations, almost 900 children were killed during the 2015 -2016 period. As South Africans we must all stand together to prevent the senseless killings and abduction of so our children.

Those found guilty of abducting, murdering or trafficking children must be held accountable in a court of law. It is imperative for the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to face the consequences of their actions.

The DA will study the release of today’s crime stats and will ensure that we apply the necessary pressure to get child abduction, abuse and murder stats down. We cannot have a country where crimes like murder, attempted murder, sexual offences, kidnapping and child abduction increase year on year. SAPS and other stakeholders must come to the fore and fight against this.

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