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Cape Town – The Cape Town Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit has urged the public to help trace a mother who has disappeared with her three children.

In a statement released on Thursday, police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the children are aged six, eight and 11.

The 37-year-old woman allegedly fled Cape Town after allegations emerged that the children had been “sexually violated”.

“The investigation started when the FCS unit was notified about alleged sexual violations that included three minor children, at a known guest house in Cape Town. The children were however taken for medical examination by the social workers of ACVV Cape Town. The reports later revealed that there were possible signs of sexual violations present on all three children. The outcome of these results were made known to the mother, whereby she disappeared with the children ever since,” van Wyk said.

Initial investigations indicate that the mother was travelling to Durban with her children on December 18.

Van Wyk said various charges relating to the contravention of the Children’s Act are being investigated.

Meanwhile, the sexual abuse allegations remain under investigation. van Wyk would not confirm to African News Agency whether the mother was implicated in the abuse, but said “that is part of our investigation”.

“We are appealing to the public for anyone who knows the whereabouts of the woman to please contact the investigating officer at the FCS Unit Cape Town, Sergeant Sharon Appany on 021 467 6002 or 082 522 1084”.