Port Elizabeth - After a scourge of information relating to human trafficking and kidnapping of children circulated on social media, Port Elizabeth police in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, pleaded with the public to refrain from posting unverified information.
This follows after two unrelated incidents circulated on social media platforms on Wednesday, warning community members of child kidnapping in and around Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, including Motherwell and Uitenhage areas.
Spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu said police wanted to allay fears that no truck was stopped between Nanaga and Port Elizabeth on suspicion it was used in transporting children for trafficking
However, Naidu said a small van was stopped that was transporting illegal immigrants and the case was being dealt with by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation known as the Hawks.
“There are a lot of information circulating around the abduction of children, and we acknowledge your fear as parents. Police would like to commend the public on their vigilance regarding safety while at the same time we must be cautious how information is relayed on social media without verification,” Naidu said.