How to Report a Missing Person
This service is available to the public to report when a
person is missing. Any person can be reported as missing as soon
as the reporter or “loved one” thinks that something out of the
ordinary has happened to him/her.
There is NO WAITING PERIOD to report a person as missing. If
reporters are told otherwise at their local police station, they
must demand to speak to the next senior officer, and keep on
doing so until they receive the necessary service.
For more information, go to South African Police Service
Steps to follow
The family or loved ones of a missing person will be the
first to realize that the person would have contacted them if
he/she had a change of plans concerning their appointments,
regular routine etc. This means that they will be the first to
suspect that something is wrong.
The family or loved ones will obviously start phoning the
missing person’s mobile phone, friends or other places
frequented by the missing person. If they have no luck in
tracing the missing person in this way, they must immediately
seek the help of the South African Police Service.
The only thing needed to report someone as missing, is the
basic information on the missing person and, preferably, the
most recent photograph of the person.
Once at the Client Service center, a SAPS 55(A) form will be
completed and the reporter will be required to sign an indemnity
form, which safeguards the SAPS from “hoax” reports.
Reporting found persons must be cancelled by personally
notifying the police station where the person was reported as
missing of his/her return, or by the investigation official
investigating the missing person’s case. A SAPS 92 is used to
effect the cancellation on the relevant Circulation System.
South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act No 68 of 1995)
A missing person can be reported almost immediately at any
police station, not necessarily at the police station in the
area in which it is suspected the person went missing from.
This service is free
Forms to complete
These forms must be completed and taken to the nearest police
station to officially make a report or cancel a report about a
Reporting a person missing (SAPS 55(a))
Cancellation on circulation system at the missing persons
bureau (SAPS 92)
National Missing Persons Bureaus
||012 393 2005
|Gauteng /Limpopo/North West
||011 670 6316
||021 918 3452
|Free State / Northern Cape
||051 503 2862
SAPS head office contact information
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