- Human trafficking was recently brought into the spotlight by countless citizens calling for action
- National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has responded to the concerns raised
- Sitole encouraged citizens to report these tragic crimes, highlighting the importance of breaking the silence
National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has responded to Mzansi's outrage over human trafficking in the country.
After social media was set ablaze by citizens weighing in on the subject, Sitole commented that:
“We are appealing to anyone who may have information on these crime categories, preferably before they are committed, to contact the SAPS on our Crime Stop number 086 00 10111. All information will be treated with strictest confidence and callers may remain anonymous."
The General noted the seriousness of human trafficking and other related crimes and called for a 'collective approach to be adopted to ensure that not a single person, man, woman or child becomes a victim of this crime'.
Sitole confirmed that the unemployment crisis has been used by criminals to lure in unsuspecting victims:
"We have had sporadic reports in the past of young people, especially females that were allegedly lured away from their homes on the promise of lucrative jobs only to find themselves being trafficked."
Citizens were reminded that there is no waiting period to report certain crimes with Sitole continuing to say that:
“Persons may be reported missing following a crime that may have been committed like murder, kidnapping, abduction or the missing person may have just simply run away from home. Whatever the circumstances, such must be reported immediately to the police and there is no waiting period for such a matter to get reported."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that fed-up SA citizens are calling on Police Minister Bheki Cele to break his silence around the action he will be taking against the fierce wave of gender-based violence and human trafficking that seems to have gripped the country over the last few years.
Statistics have shown that every three hours in South Africa, a woman is killed. A fact that is not only appalling but also terrifying. Last year the entire country mourned the death of young UCT student Uyinene.
Tears had not even dried completely when there was news of other women killed by either their partners or people they didn't even know. Most recently actress Thandeka Mdeliswa was killed in her home by two men.
In the meant time Police Minister Bheki Cele has had a choke-hold on smokers and drinkers during the lockdown period, making certain that no one had access to or was able to sell the then-banned products.
South Africans have now taken to Twitter to ask Bheki Cele to use the same amount of effort and determination to put an end to the senseless rape, abuse, and murders of innocent South African women.
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