Reporting a Missing Person
If someone close to you is missing, you should report it to the police. You don't need to wait 24 hours, report it as soon as you know they're missing.
A detective (investigating officer) will investigate the case and list the missing person on a database, known as the National Bureau for Missing Persons database. This database is a Crime Stop project and police all over the country use it.
The database means that police throughout South Africa can be on the lookout for the missing person. Crime Stop often broadcasts missing persons on TV so that anyone with information about a missing person can call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
Who to contact:
You can contact the Bureau for Missing Persons to report a missing person on:
Tel: 021 918 3512 / 3449 / 3452
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
The following organisations can also assist you with the search for your missing child.
Missing Children South Africa
Emergency: 072 MISSING (072 647 7464)
Fax: 086 580 3310
24 Hour SMS : 072 214 7439
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Please note: the 24-hour number is to be used only in the following situations:
No other enquiries will be responded to on this number.
These facility categories:
- Reporting a Crime (Service)
- Reporting Rape (Service)
- Protection from Domestic Abuse (Service)