A child goes missing every five hours in SA: NGO

03 October 2016 - 14:45 By TMG Digital

A child goes missing every five hours in the country‚ according to statistics from Missing Children SA‚ an organisation that assists the authorities in such cases. The organisation said 441 people went missing between December 1 2015 and August 31 this year. Of the total‚ 142 were children and 299 were adults. It said 235 people were found‚ including 142 children. However‚ six of the children and 12 of the adults were found dead. "It is an unfortunate reality that 4% of the children found again were found deceased‚" the organisation said in a statement. Gauteng reported the majority of cases of missing people with 209‚ followed by the Western Cape with 137 and KwaZulu-Natal with 25. The organisation‚ which works closely with the police to assist in the recovery and safe return of any missing person‚ said there was no waiting period for reporting a person missing to the nearest police station. "Should you report a person to the police station and the police officer tells you to come back after 24 hours‚ demand to speak to the station commander. Alternatively‚ call Missing Children SA and the organisation will intervene and assist wherever possible."

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