A woman has lost her baby after she entrusted the child to the care of another woman who gave her R20 to buy the child a pair of socks. The 2-month-old child was abducted on Tuesday in Johannesburg at a store in the city’s Central Business District.
The police reported that, the abductor had met the mother of the child in Kliptown. While exchanging pleasantries, the mother of the child told the abductor that she hails from Lesotho, the abductor also claimed that she hails from Lesotho. They immediately became friends. Thereafter, the unsuspecting mother was later lured into buying a pair of socks and the woman made away with her child.
Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele said, “she was carrying her child on her back and after she left a store she met a lady who introduced herself and told her that she hailed from Lesotho.”
“She [the victim] trusted her because she also comes from Lesotho.”
“The suspect gave the woman R20 to buy socks for her child at Pep Store corner Bree and Eloff Street. She went inside and left her with the child; when the mother came out the child and the woman were nowhere to be found.”
Meanwhile, no arrests have been made as the abductor is still at large.
Child abduction or child theft is the unauthorized removal of a minor (a child below the age of legal adulthood) from the custody of the child’s biological parents or legally appointed guardians.
There have been countless cases of child abduction in recent times. Last year, a 1-year-old toddler was kidnapped from his home in Meyerton by a gang of unknown men. Relebohile Tsotetsi was snatched from his bed by three armed men in the night when his mother who runs a funeral parlour, was on her way out of her house to collect a corpse at around 22:00.
Luckily, after days little Relebohile was spotted by a security guard who was on patrol, near a petrol station in Vanderbijlpark. The child was later returned to his family.
Missing Children South Africa says, 2013 South African Police Service Missing Persons Bureau statistics showed that a child goes missing every five hours in South Africa. This adds up to a total of 1697 children. Fortunately, according to Missing Children South Africa’s statistics, 77% of children are found. While, at least 23% of the children are not found.
So many South Africans have shown concern about the soaring height of child abduction in the country. However, a South African Special investigator from Safety and Security enumerated the following safety measures in forestalling child abduction or kidnapping.
– People should always be paranoid;
– Parents should always be on the alert;
– Parents need to prepare and have discussions about such misfortunes;
– When walking, never let your children out of your sight
– Don’t allow your children go to the bathrooms in shopping centres alone
– Always hold your child’s hand when walking