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News: Police Minster calls for unity and less politics in the search for Joslin Smith

Media Statement
Issued by the Police Ministry

SALDANHA BAY - The Police Ministry has assured the community of Diazville in the Western Cape, where Joslin Smith went missing, that police remain committed to finding the six year old and reuniting her with her family.

Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele on Saturday, 02 March 2024, met with the family of Joslin Smith as well as the residents of the broader Saldanha community. Joslin has been missing since the the 19th of February and the search to locate her is ongoing.

During the community meeting, Minister Cele has called for cool heads to prevail amid the finger pointing and peddling of false information about the South African Police Service (SAPS) investigation into her disappearance.

“You are a community that has united though this trying time, don’t allow those who are trying to get political mileage out of the disappearance of a little girl to divide you. Unite and work with the police to bring her back home. From the police side, I want to assure you that no resource will be spared to find her, the police have not withdrawn from this search and they are under a directive to work closer with anyone who comes up with any valuable information that can assist.” added Cele.

Both the parents of Joslin Smith met with Minister Cele and the management of the SAPS. They were assured of the on-going policing efforts to fast track Joslins’ safe return.


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