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Cele: Don’t wait 48 hours before reporting a missing person

The minister was speaking on the side-lines of a memorial service held at the Rippon Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal where slain nine-year-old Miguel Louw was in grade four.

Police Minister Bheki Cele attended a memorial service held at the Rippon Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal where slain nine-year-old Miguel Louw was in grade four. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Bheki Cele has reassured citizens that if a loved one goes missing they don't have to wait before reporting the case to authorities.

Cele was speaking on the sidelines of a memorial service held at the Rippon Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal where slain nine-year-old Miguel Louw was in grade four.

Louw was kidnapped and murdered allegedly by a man known to his family in July.

His body was found in a shallow grave near his Phoenix home last week and DNA tests confirmed his identity on Wednesday.

Cele says the family has told him they were ill-treated by police while trying to report his disappearance.

“I want to remind the nation that the 48-hour wait because somebody is missing before it’s reported, it's gone - that thing does not exist.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)