Child kidnappings are on the increase in SA, but yet no recent stats are available

Child kidnappings are on the increase in SA, but yet no recent stats are available - 4aKid

South Africans were rocked to their core when a man tried to kidnap a little girl in broad daylight from a pizza restaurant in Florida on the West Rand in Gauteng on Thursday 10 September. A video of the attempted kidnapping has since gone viral on social media.

In the video, the most bizarre sequent of events show how a man runs towards the restaurant – two women and a little child is sitting at a table on the patio – the man then jumps over the railings heading straight for the little girl. He grabs her around the head, but one of the women jumps across the table to hold on to the child. All of a sudden, a man who sat at the table behind the women and child, lurches forward and grabs the attempted kidnapper around the neck and wrestles him to the floor. The women have the child and they immediately move away from the situation. One of the women comes back (we’re assuming the mom of the child) and gives the attempted kidnapper a smack before security takes her away.

Dishal Sooku who rescued the little girl told a local radio station this morning that his instincts just kicked in. He also has a Ju-Jitsu background, which we think is to thank for the moves he used to get the attempted kidnapper away from the 4-year-old child. He also told the radio station that he’s just glad the girl wasn’t physically harmed.

What can you do to keep your kids safe?

It’s scary to think that we have to keep our eyes glued to our kids all the time and take extra special precautions to keep them safe – especially when we’re out and about. But it takes 2 seconds for a child to disappear.

“Dress young children in bright coloured clothes when going to public places or shopping malls so that they’re easily seen and stand out in a crowd. Never let a young child out of your site. Children are inquisitive and tend to wonder off by themselves. It takes 2 seconds for that child to disappear,” Bianca says.

Missing Children South Africa urges parents to follow these safety tips to make South Africa a safer place for our children:

  • Teach your children that even people they know can try to harm them, so they should tell you if another family member or family friend is doing something that makes them feel bad or uncomfortable. Teach them that no one is ever allowed to touch their body.
  • Know where your child is at all times, who they are with and what they are wearing.
  • Always keep a recent photo of your child with you so you have it available in case of an emergency.
  • Teach your child his own name and address as well as your name and number.
  • Teach your child not to walk away with anyone other than you or the person who is taking care of him.
  • If you have a special needs child, get him a bracelet with emergency contact numbers on the bracelet.
  • Teach your child never to get into a car with a stranger, for any reason.
  • Let your child know that it’s okay to behave ‘badly’, to bite, kick, claw and scream when someone grabs them. Teach your child to say “I don’t know him/her. He/she wants to take me away!” This will often scare the person trying to take your child.
  • Teach your child not to open the door for anyone.
  • Let your child know that they don’t have to talk to strangers. They should stand at a safe distance from the person and if the conversation lasts for longer than 5 – 7 seconds, they should leave and find you. Show them what a safe distance looks like.

by Xanet Scheepers



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