Nightmare unfolds for parents in Stanger

It is every parent’s worst nightmare – you turn around for a second and when you look again your young child has vanished.

This scenario played out in two separate incidents in Stanger last week.

Faye Ramen was in the Clicks in uShaka Mall when she put her son down for a second so she could reach into her handbag.

When she turned back around, to her utter horror he was gone.

“I started screaming his name and still there was no response,” Ramen said.

“I ran out of the shop shouting – and there he was walking with an unknown woman in the direction of Pick ‘n Pay.”

Ramen said when she shouted his name, her son burst into tears and ran back to her. She saw the woman get into a GP-registered car but could not get the full number.

“I always read about things like this but never thought it would happen to us – it is real and it’s scary.”

A few days later a very similar scenario played out as Throsha Samuel reached up for some rolls while in a bakery and tuned back to find her three year old son gone.

“I saw him through the glass window following a very well-dressed lady,” said Samuel.

“They were walking so fast. I ran out and shouted for him and he ran back to me.”

Samuel said she didn’t think much of it until her husband and older son who were standing outside at the petrol bay described how the woman walked straight in and then out the bakery with her son following.

Both women said this was the kind of thing you never think will happen to you until it does.

No cases have been opened with the police as yet.

KwaDukuza Crime Watch’s Tarzan Naicker said that they were very concerned by these reports.

“We have had a meeting to discuss this and other trends of crime. One of the decisions taken was to foster better cooperation between the various crime alert WhatsApp groups,” Naicker said.

“We are also hoping to get SAPS and the municipality involved – the mayor has already told me he is very supportive of these efforts.”

Naicker warned all parents to keep a close watch on their children.

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Allan Troskie
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