Efforts by the SAPS to find an abducted 6-year-old girl from Hanover Park have been met with harsh criticism from the community. Six-year-old Sasha-Lee November went missing on Sunday and police have been accused of not being committed to the search.
Shortly after Sasha-Lee’s disappearance was reported on Sunday afternoon, residents mobilised search efforts to find her. A community leader says that the police have since improved in helping find the young child, after initial criticism.
Igshaan Nazier, the chairperson of the Hanover Park Civic Association, told CapeTalk’s Kieno Kammies on Tuesday that the Philippi South African Police Services (SAPS) had not been helpful in assisting the community in the search for Sasha-Lee. According to Nazier, the community members were made to wait because the vans promised by the police did not arrive.
On Monday evening however, the Hanover Park community continued their search for Sasha-Lee and Nazier says the police improved their assistance and presence greatly. Police joined residents, volunteers and the Pink Ladies, a missing person’s organisation to look for the missing girl.
Police promised to come out at 5 o’clock in the morning, but at 7 o’clock, there were no police visible and the community was getting very emotional about this. I think at about 9 o’clock they showed up and they stayed for between an hour and a half and two hours. They brought in the dog unit but the dogs were never released because they had all sorts of excuses. I saw it that we were not getting any help form SAPS until then. And I think after the community marched to the police station, and demanded to speak to the Commanding Officer; we got some response from them. And they have been working continuously ever since.
The Western Cape Police were not available to be interviewed, but sent CapeTalk a statement that Kieno Kammies read on the show.
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