There is no waiting period to report a missing person - SAPS

12 January 2019 | Road Safety Highlights

When a person goes missing, it is of the utmost importance for the SAPS to fulfil our mandate to serve and protect the citizens of South Africa. It is essential to  take steps and start the investigation into a missing person’s case immediately. You can assist the SAPS when reporting a missing person by following these steps:


Report a missing person at your nearest police station immediately. How do I report a Missing Person?

  • Produce a recent photograph of the missing person, if possible.
  • Give a complete description of the missing person’s last whereabouts, clothes that they were wearing, as well as any information that can assist the investigating officer.
  • Complete and sign a SAPS 55(A) form. This form safeguards the SAPS from hoax reports and indemnifies the SAPS to distribute the photograph and information of the missing person.
  • Obtain the investigating officer’s contact details, and send any additional information that might become available.
  • If a missing person is found or returns voluntarily, inform the investigating officer immediately. A SAPS 92 form must be completed to inform the Bureau of Missing Persons that the missing person’s report can be removed from the circulation system.

Let us be vigilant and work collectively to keep families together and safe.

Contact details for the national and regional offices of the Bureau of Missing Persons:

Head Office : 012 393 2002/5/7
Eastern Cape : 041 394 6166
Free State : 051 503 2869
Gauteng : 011 670 6415/6
Kwazulu Natal : 031 325 4756
Limpopo : 015 290 6000
Mpumalanga : 013 762 4391
Northern Cape : 053 839 2820
North West : 018 299 7034
Western Cape : 021 467 8236/7

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