Childline concerned about kids' safety

Childline has urged parents to be extra vigilant this festive season as kids often go missing.

Childline has urged parents to be extra vigilant this festive season as kids often go missing.

CAPE TOWN - Childline on Friday expressed its fears regarding an increase in missing children cases and crimes against minors this festive season.

This follows the discovery of a body of a three-year-old boy in Thembalethu in George on Thursday.

Simoxolile Linoga went missing a week ago.

His body was discovered not far from where he was last seen alive.

It is unclear how he died, but police say an autopsy will be done soon.

Childline's Joan van Niekerk said, "Organisations like Childline get increased reports of children at risk over the Christmas period. It's a time when children are out of school and parents don't always have leave in order to make sure those children are supervised."

In October, Missing Children South Africa raised concerns over the high number of missing children.

It said the highest number of missing children was reported in the Western Cape.

The organisation said over 100 children went missing in the province over a year.