I don’t know if you guys have seen the video of the attempted child kidnapping that happened in Pretoria on Monday. I’ve seen it on Facebook and it makes the hair on my head stand up!
It is basically a mom that is standing at a counter with her kids in a trolley. Three people enter the shop and stand around and the mom then leaves the screen of the camera and the next moment one the three people that entered the shop walks out of the shop with the trolley with the kids in it. The mom runs after the woman and takes the trolley back from her! Now how many of us has put our kids in a trolley to contain them and think they are safer? And how could that mom stay so calm – however I don’t know, maybe she was just so shocked and relieved to have her children back that she couldn’t do anything.
This has however made me think about a incident we had a year back over a December holiday.
We were at Tshipise in the north of South Africa. We were there with a friend and his two kids. I was sitting next to the pool, keeping one eye on the kids and one eye on my Kindle. The kids were Zoe (7) and the other two girls were about 9 and 8. They were all on blow up tubes and just floating around holding onto each other. I then saw a lady break up their chain and starting to push Zoe on her tube to the side of the swimming pool. The other two girls jumped off their tubes and followed the lady and I jumped up from the grass. The kids then pulled Zoe back.
And to this day, I still wonder if what I saw was an attempted kidnapping or just somebody that was playing. What would’ve happened if I didn’t look up at that exact moment or if Zoe was alone in the pool or the other girls didn’t intervene.
Something that sometimes keep me awake at night…