Joshlin Smith case postponed as investigations ongoing

The case of missing 6-year-old Joshlin Smith has again been postponed.

This morning, Saldanha Bay residents showed up in their numbers outside Vredenburg Magistrate’s Court in the hope that they would finally hear where the missing girl is.

Dressed in Patriotic Alliance T-shirts, the crowd got out of a chartered bus and sang Struggles songs and chanted: “Where is Joshlin?”

Instead the court heard the case would be postponed to July 15 for further investigation.

In the dock were Joshlin’s mom Racquel Kelly Smith, her boyfriend Jacquen Appollis, and their friends Steveno van Rhyn and Lourentia Lombaard.

They were arrested and charged with kidnapping and human trafficking in March.

The Diazville Primary School learner disappeared from her Middelpos home on February 19.

State advocate Aradhana Heeramun said they were in the process of finalising the case.

“It is a difficult time for the residents of Saldanha Bay, considering that this particular case has ultimately placed missing persons front and centre within our province.

“We are still hoping that Joshlin will be returned and that she will be found unharmed,” Allen said.

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