Non-governmental organisation, Missing Children South Africa says the country is battling against an increasing number of child kidnappings.

This comment comes after eight-year-old Abirah Dekhta was snatched while on her way to school in Gatesville, Cape Town on Friday.

There have been several similar incidents in the Mother City, in recent months.

In September Lukhololwam Mkontwana, was abducted while playing with his friends in Nyanga.

Sadly, he was later found dead.

While in August, six-year-old Shanawaaz Asghar was snatched outside his home.

Fortunately, he was reunited with his family.

Missing Children South Africa coordinator, Bianca van Aswegen, says the country seems to be losing the fight.

“We’ve seen a drastic increase being reported to our organisation of children this is concerning. We have also seen an escalation in kidnappings that are happening and human traffic. We have to keep our children safe, so we urge parents and guardians be more careful and look after our children and always have them under adult supervision”.