- Two children escaped the clutches of would-be kidnappers during two separate incidents in the Western Cape
- The two kids were both approached before or after school
- None of the suspects has been successfully identified yet
Either child kidnappers are becoming more brazen or the media is putting more of a focus on this horrifying crime.
Very recently, two school kids managed to get away from the evil hands of would-be child kidnappers during two separate incidents in Mitchells Plain and Bonteheuwel.
The police have appointed a special task team to address this rise in abductions and near-abductions of school kids in Cape Town.
On Wednesday morning a 16-year-old girl narrowly escaped an attempted kidnapping. The girl left her home for school as she did every morning. While she was walking, a white Toyota Yaris slowly drove next to her.
The girl was immediately alarmed but remain calmed when the driver asked for directions. She kept walking while answering them.
She noticed there was another man in the car but was afraid that if she started to run the men would chase her.
However, when the driver got out of the car, the girl turned and ran home. Fortunately, she made it to the safety of her home and her parents went to the Bonteheuwel Police.
Alarmingly, they were turned away at the police station, after which they went to the office of the Ward Councillor Angus McKenzie. McKenzie helped the distressed family.
The second attempted kidnapping happened outside Eisleben Road Primary in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain.
A 10-year-old boy barely managed to get away from a man who approached him after a school outing.
The boy was leaving the schoolyard but quickly ran inside again when the man tried talking to him.
He hid in the bathroom until he saw the man entering the schoolyard. He then ran to the other gate of the school, frightened.
When he saw one of the Neighbourhood Watch ladies he screamed at her for help and ran to her for safety.
The brave young boy remembered the man's car model as well as its licence plate number. This vehicle was also a white Toyota. According to the boy, the suspect was a black male.
The family opened an attempted kidnapping case with the Mitchells Plain police.
Any incidents similar to these can be reported to the Safe Schools Call Centre at 0800 45 46 47. Callers will receive advice and counselling.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported on an attempted kidnapping in Joburg caught on film and the alarming rise of such incidents are a serious concern for all South Africans, not only parents.
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