South Africa: Facebook and Police Join Forces to Find Missing Children

7 February 2020

Digital Content

The Amber Alert tool, which was started in the US in 1996, has helped reunite 1,000 missing children with their families.

 

The South African Police Service (SAPS) and social media giant Facebook on Thursday 30 January announced a partnership to help speedily find missing children.

 

"It's testimony to our mission to empower communities as safety is everything for us at Facebook," said the Facebook head of public policy, Emilar Gandhi.

 

Added Facebook director of safety Emily Vacher:

 

"It is aimed at improving the manner and speed in which police can disseminate information, making sure it quickly arrives (for) those who might have valuable information about the missing child."

 

The Amber Alert tool was started in the US in 1996. Since then it has helped reunite 1,000 missing children with their families. The programme will be run at provincial level and its main aim will be to help investigators to speedily solve missing children cases.

 

"The phenomenon of missing children is pandemic... Out of 200 cases that will be reported monthly, we will recover half and have the perpetrators jailed," said Lieutenant-General Tebello Mosikili.

Read the full article on The Daily Maverick here.