Limpopo Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended an off-duty Police Sergeant after he found missing children. This is his determination that resulted in the recovery of three children aged between 05 and 06.

The missing children went missing on Thursday 06 October 2022 in Dark City, Praktiseer village in Tubatse.

Sergeant Mahlatjie Nicodemus Letsoalo attached to SAPS Tubatse Social Crime Prevention Unit was off duty when he received a call. A community member alerted him about the disappearance of three children.

Without any hesitation, the courageous Police Officer rushed to the Police Station and also reported the matter.

Missing children found by Police officer
Missing children found by Police officer

Search for missing Children

Police started a search in nearby areas. Sergeant Letsoalo succeeded in tracing the children at about 19:45. The place is located near a dumping site 3 kilometres from the children’s home. He safely handed them over to their guardian. The woman is a mother to one child aged 05 and was babysitting the other two children.

“The selfless act of this member is highly commendable which resulted in the recovery of the missing children who must have been very terrified. We urge parents to be vigilant in caring for their children and always know their whereabouts to avoid these types of incidents,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

“The Police Stations are flooded with cases of missing persons and while some remain missing. Some are found injured or dead, a bigger number is found safe and sound.”

“In total 130 cases were registered from January 2022 until today. A lot of resources and time get wasted by police trying to find people who are not really missing. Instead, Police could be investigating legitimate cases,” continued Lieutenant General Hadebe.

More cases of missing women

One of the most serious cases reported this year was of two women who went missing in Burgersfort and Tubatse. They were later found murdered.

“I also commend the work of members of Joint Operations teams. Each case is also treated with priority and there is no waiting period. We also understand that the impact of missing persons can be life changing for families and communities,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

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