Concern grows for missing mentally challenged girl

Dessie Rechner of The Pink Ladies missing children’s organisation has appealed for help from the public.

Simamkele Wana's image is held up by her aunt Nosipho Wana after Simamkele went missing on Saturday 21 December 2014 from her home in Barcelona informal settlement, Gugulethu, Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A missing child organisation says it's concerned about a 13-year old mentally challenged girl that went missing two weeks ago.

Simangele Wana was last seen in the Barcelona informal settlement in Gugulethu.

Dessie Rechner of The Pink Ladies missing children's organisation has appealed for help from the public.

"There are a lot of children that are still not found over the years. Our main concern is getting cooperation out of the hospitals and clinics and those places. If they have any unknown people to come forward and tell us so we can close cases and give family closure."

Meanwhile Cape Town city officials have again urged parents to keep a close eye on their children during the holidays.

33 children who wandered off at some of the Western Cape's busy beaches on New Year's Day were reunited with their parents.

However, a three-year-old girl who was found alone on Muizenberg beach has yet to be reunited with her family.

She has been taken to a place of safety.

The City's JP Smith says, "It is cause for concern that some parents are negligent in their duty as parents, that they're not keeping their eyes on their children all the time and when their child goes missing they won't go to the nearest police station to go look."