Missing children stats still too high

Missing Children SA has dealt with over 300 missing children’s cases countrywide over a one-year period.

FILE PICTURE: Out of reach child. Picture: sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN - Missing Children South Africa said on Wednesday more than 100 children disappeared in the Western Cape over a one year period.

The organisation has dealt with over 300 cases countrywide.

Missing children's Nicky Rheede said, "The two provinces that have the highest rate of cases reported is Gauteng and the Western Cape. Up until 30 April 2012, 121 children were reported missing in the Western Cape."

Rheede added that despite an 80 percent success rate they were concerned by the number of children reported missing each year.

"The statistics should be zero, so any statistic is a concern and definitely requires public attention."

Meanwhile, a human rights law expert believes issues pertaining to child income inequality is often overlooked.

The 2012 Children's Institute gauge shows that while poverty rates have fallen since 2003, the gap between rich and poor is still widening.

Sandra Liebenberg said closing the gap is something that needs to be looked at seriously.

"We focus very much on adults, but I think this gauge has really brought out how children experience poverty in unique ways, and are very seriously affected by it."

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Andre Viviers shared similar sentiments.

"It is important that all children's right are realised, and we are particularly concerned about those children who are left behind and those children who need additional support and interventions to make sure their socio-economic rights are fully realised."