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WCED issues warning after two near abductions

The two incidents occurred at the Rusthof Primary School in Strand last week.

Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is encouraging learners to exercise caution around strangers.

This follows reports of two near abductions of two pupils at Rusthof Primary School in Strand last week.

The WCED says there's also been reports of a minivan spotted outside a Franschhoek school.

Police are investigating.

The department's Paddy Attwell says, "We aware of rumours that are circulating in schools, and we follow up all reports to our safe schools' division. We don't have details, thus we can't confirm whether the woman intended to kidnap the children, but we read the reports with concern."

Attwell says the department will continue to liaise with police on the matter.

At the same time, the Western Cape Community Safety department has handed over two safety kiosks aimed at reducing crime in the Company Gardens.

The additional units come after the municipality last year stepped up security measures in the gardens - by installing street lights and CCTV cameras.

At least 40 booths have already been rolled out in the R8 million safety program.

The department's Ewald Botha says, "There is an ongoing programme in the department, which aims to create safe environment by enabling visible point of safety in high density areas - areas frequented by tourists or local communities."

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