Cabinet concerned amid spate of kidnappings

Cabinet concerned amid spate of kidnappings

Minster in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says the safety of children has become a major concern amid the recent spate of kidnappings.

Mondli Gungubele

“Cabinet is concerned about the safety of children following recent sporadic cases of child kidnappings in different parts of the country. During the upcoming festive season, parents and caregivers must be extra vigilant regarding the safety and whereabouts of children in their care.”

Gungubele was briefing the media on Thursday morning on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.


He explained that safety precautions should be discussed and must also include Covid-19 risks. 

The ministers’ remarks come after the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Thursday, confirmed the emergence of a new variant in the country.

“Events such as matric rage parties and matric farewell after-parties are potential COVID-19 superspreaders. Large gatherings, especially those which involve the consumption of alcohol, are a major risk and undermine our efforts to contain the spread of the virus.”

Gungubele added that Cabinet approved the extension of the National State of Disaster to 15 December. 

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