The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North West Province expressed concern about the whereabouts of missing 7-year-old Kgothatso Ntomzodwa Molefe. The grade 2 girl learner attending Rampa Primary School in Tlhabane near Rustenburg has reportedly been missing for almost three weeks.

“Alarm should have been raised earlier and public awareness to mobilise the community for a massive search are among urgent actions that should have been employed to ensure that the girl is traced and reunited with her family,” maintained SANCO Provincial Chairperson, Paul Sebegoe.

Sebegoe questioned whether sufficient resources were deployed and advanced methods used to track the young girl learner who allegedly disappeared after school on her way home on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

“This is a traumatic experience especially for the girl’s family and the entire community which is reeling with shock. We find it difficult to believe that the young girl whose family is distraught could have disappeared without anyone noticing something unusual in a township that is always abuzz with up and down movements,” he said expressing shock and sympathy with the Molefe family.

The school safety programme must be stepped up and be linked to community patrollers as part of crime prevention strategy that should ensure that children are protected to and from schools, emphasised Sebegoe.

He said that if there are heartless people responsible for the young girl’s disappearance, united action is required to unmask them and ensure that Kgothatso is reunited with her family unharmed.

“No stone must be left unturned to end the awful nightmare that has the community on tenterhooks. Police must race against time to find the missing pupil,” added Sebegoe.