On the morning of 21 May 2019, three little girls in New Castle, KwaZulu-Natal were kidnapped during a hijacking.
The distraught parents and family of the girls are asking for South Africans to help them find their children.
The girls are Nazia Jama - 6 years old, Naseem Jama - 11 years old, and Muneera Jama - 9 years old.
The girls were being taken to school along with three other cousins, when the driver was flagged down by people who were faking a faulty or flat tyre.
As soon as the driver stopped to try and help or offer assistance, the men pulled out firearms.
Thembeka Mbhele from the South African Police Service says that some of the children, the driver and a male passenger managed to get out of the car in time before the hijackers sped off with it.
The three missing girls, however, weren't fast enough.
There were six children in the car. Three managed to escape but three - between the ages of six and eleven - are still missing. The suspect drove away with a silver BMW. The police are right now searching for the suspects.
The families of the girls are doing everything they can to find them, but they don't really know where to search.
The family has shared a photo of the girls on social media in the hope that someone has seen them.
Mary Dobbie from the Newcastle Crisis Centre has stated that she and her staff are on the lookout and will contact the parents and family as soon they know anything.
In a situation like this, the best the community can do is be vigilant. I urge all parents to know where their children are at all times, especially in the winter months, when it is dark. Please take care of children that are transported.
The girls and their families are in our prayers. We hope they will be found soon and returned safely.
The SAPS has not yet confirmed a full description of the vehicle or released any details about the hijacking case.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the SAPS on 034-314-6235 or 034-3146600/02.
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