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NGOs raise concern over rife fake missing children’s cases

todayFebruary 28, 2024 36

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NGO for Missing Children, the Pink Ladies Organisation, says it is important for parents to approach the necessary structure like the Family and Child Courts if one of them wants to claim custody of their child to avoid situations like that of 7-year-old, Noxolo Ntuli.

The NGO’s remarks following the bizarre ending in the search for the child, who was initially thought to have been kidnapped and things turned out to be the opposite, with her mother posting a video on social media admitting that she had the child, weeks after a widespread search for the 7-year-old.

Ntuli had been reported missing from the Mvutshini area in KZN earlier this month.

The Pink Ladies Organisation’s Director, Jacs Thomas, says such cases are not unusual and are often complicated.

The organisation says one of the takeaways from this case is the importance of always taking in all sides of the story to avoid being duped.

And while the circumstances regarding why the 7-year-old’s mother had kept the child’s whereabouts secret, non-profit organisation, Tears Foundation, says cases where parents use their children as puzzle pieces or manipulation tactics when things go sour in their relationships are far too common.

The foundation’s Intervention Supervisor, Kavya Swaminathan, says when a primary caregiver feels the need to protect a child, there are steps they can follow.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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