Another NW child goes missing

Another North West child has been reported missing, this time in Pudimoe, just outside Taung.

Police spokesperson, Adele Myburgh says the missing six-year old girl, Bokamoso Keletso was last seen on Saturday, September 28 around midday in the company of her family member who is also six-years old and an unidentified man alleged to be mentally challenged in Dryharts village. Myburgh says the girls intended on waiting for an adult female family member, who was returning home from town with a taxi at around 11:00 am on Saturday. The missing six-year old girl was “wearing green track suit pants, a sky blue t-shirt and navy blue trainers”, when she went missing. North West police urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of the missing girl to contact police.

Keletso’s disappearance comes nearly a week after 12-year old Onthathile Mogape was last seen by friends at around 18:00 on Sunday evening (September 22) at the Damonsville Sports Ground in Brits, playing soccer. Mogape’s body was found by police divers on Friday, September 27. Myburgh says an inquest has been opened into the boy’s death.

Meanwhile, the  7-year-old Kgothatso Molefe from Tlhabane in Rustenburg, is yet to be found since she was last seen on 24 July 2019. Molefe was allegedly last seen in a grey uniform along Mokgethi Street in Tlhabane, Rustenburg, getting into a car with two men after one man called her and gave her a chocolate.

Her disappearance put scholar safety in the province under the spotlight with the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) in the province raising questions over whether sufficient resources have been used to locate the grade two pupil’s whereabouts since her disappearance. Sanco Provincial Chairperson, Paul Sebegoe calls on the provincial education department to beef up the school safety programme and involve the community as a part of their crime prevention strategy. Sanco’s concerns come on the back of North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela’s urgent plea to have the girl found and returned home.