'One child goes missing every 5 hours in SA'

The world marks International Missing Children’s Day, today.

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CAPE TOWN - As the world marks International Missing Children's Day, child safety groups have reiterated that parents and caregivers need to always know where their children are.

The day has been celebrated since the 1980s, to raise funds and awareness around the issue.

Scores of children are reported missing, daily, across the globe and it remains a big problem in South Africa.

The Missing Persons Bureau says one child goes missing every five hours in the country.

It's been a year since six-year-old Sasha Lee November disappeared from her Hanover Park home.

Despite an intense search, there's still no trace of the child.

The Hanover Park Civic Association's Igshaan Nazier was part of the search operation.

"Up until today the South African Police Service (Saps) has no leads on what happened to a daughter of our community, but the community still hopes and prays that she'll return alive."

Missing Children South Africa says while 175 children were reported missing in the Western Cape last year, 92 of them were found.

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