MEC: WC kidnapping hoax causing unnecessary panic

WC Social Development has raised concern around a spate of hoaxes involving child kidnappings.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department has raised concern around a spate of hoaxes involving child kidnappings.

Over the past three weeks, several warnings have been doing the rounds on social media about kidnappers preying on young children near schools and at shopping malls.

However, authorities have confirmed the warnings are indeed fake.

Provincial Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says this hoax is causing parents unnecessary panic.

"We call on communities to take the issue of child safety seriously. We cannot afford to have these calls that something happened here and then it is not so as a lot of government resources go into that. We urge people not to be irresponsible."