Thu. Jan 21st, 2021

#BringBackAmahle: Awareness march planned for missing eight-year-old

missing children women kidnappingAmahle Thabethe, an eight-year-old girl from Tsakane in Ekurhuleni, went missing on 4 April.

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As reported by Sowetan Live, community members are planning a march on Tuesday, 16 April to raise awareness of her disappearance.

According to Police spokesperson Sergeant Lerato Mngomezulu, Amahle Thabethe went missing while playing with other children from the neighbourhood.

How Amahle Thabethe went missing:

A man asking for directions reportedly approached the group of children. While most of the children ignored the stranger, Thabethe “was willing to show him where he said he wanted to go,” Mngomezulu explained.

She was last seen walking with him. According to Thabethe’s mother, she was wearing a white t-shirt, long-sleeve t-shirt with black stripes and a pair of blue jeans.

The jeans are adorned with silver hearts. She was not wearing any shoes at the time. According to her friends, the man was wearing black shorts and a white t-shirt.

One suspect in custody

Authorities questioned a suspect shortly after her disappearance. At the time, Sergeant Lerato Mngomezulu said that man would remain in custody while investigations continue.

However, her family members told Sowetan Live at the time that they were concerned as authorities didn’t open a kidnapping case, and instead handled that investigation as a missing person’s case.

Her aunt, Duduzile Thabethe, said: “How can they say that when she was taken by a stranger? Police need to do more to make sure she is found.”

In response, Sergeant Lerato Mngomezulu said they were investigating a case of a missing person “as the case did not fit into the mould of kidnapping.”

#BringBackAmahle march

The awareness march will start at Lwamonde Street Ward 84 on 16 April at 10:00. Those wishing to partake in the march may wear jeans and pink clothing.

Community members will make their way to Tsakane Police Station in Brakpan to hand over a memorandum. Police are appealing to residents with information about the whereabouts of the girl to come forward or contact them on 10111.

Additionally, anyone with information pertaining to the case can contact SAPS Sergeant Sebela on 011 363 5300, or the Pink Ladies on 072 214 7439, or 083 378 4882.

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