Rustenburg: The hashtag campaign which started on the 3rd November 2017, dubbed #bringbackourdaughter, spearheaded by the Rustenburg Local Municipality, in collaboration with many stakeholders, including South African Police Service (SAPS), Home Affairs, Social Development Departments, Community Policing forum’s (CPF’s) and civic organisations, in search of a 14-year old girl who went missing since Friday, 3rd November 2017, was a resounding success.
After a massive community mobilisation, resulting in an unfortunate incident wherein three houses were burnt down in Rustenburg East, due to anger, full-blown search campaign was kick started from the same day the girl went missing, leaving no stone unturned, yielding positive results, wherein the girl returned home safe and sound, after being found with the 20-year old boyfriend in Boitekong, according to the police. A charge of abduction has been laid by the police due to the girl being a minor.
“We are delighted that the young Gomolemo has returned home safe and sound after a rigorous campaign. To God be the glory. We are using the campaign of Gomolemo Haraba, as a Municipality together with all stakeholders, including communities, as an example that we shall neither tolerate nor condone disappearance of our girls, young and old, in our city and environs. We are sending a strong message with these campaigns that we are after these criminals who have made it their business to abduct and abuse our children. We are saying enough is enough. We will continue with this united front approach until crime is no more in our communities, thus realising our mission of ensuring a safe and clean city, where all communities enjoy high quality of life, remarked Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, during a courtesy visit to the family of the girl in Rustenburg East, accompanied by Member of the Mayoral Community For Public Safety, Cllr Mike Mhlungu and Municipal Manager, Ms Nqobile Sithole.