NGOs, who deal with missing children, encourage parents to keep an eye on their young children as the festive season provides the perfect distraction for those criminals to pounce.
The Pink Ladies Missing Children’s organisation says that the festive season is usually the busiest time of year and the time when lots of children tend to go missing, which is why they encourage parents to stay vigilant.
Bianca Van Aswegen, from Missing Children SA, says that in most cases children get lost in these places as they tend to wander off by themselves.
Even though fewer people are on the beaches due to COVID-19, there are still lots of people in malls. And over the past few months, many abductions or attempted abductions have taken place in restaurants and malls.
All of these incidents have caused parents to feel anxious when going to the mall with the children. Especially with energetic young children who tend to run off by themselves.
Marlene Yatso and her husband were interviewed and they told eNCA since COVID-19 they have found alternative forms of entertainment, such as going for hikes, gardening at home, or baking with their children.
This is what all other families should consider during this time.
The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are. —Maxime Lagacé