Durban - "We are truly overwhelmed by the support of all those who reached out to us, especially the Daily News." These were the words of Salamina Mpeke, a Glenmore mother whose 12-year old son was found after having gone missing for 15 days. Mpeke said the family was concerned about the state they would find her son in.
"He is his normal self. We are just very happy that he is in a good state," she said.
Last week, the Daily News reported that Bohlahle Mpeke (12) had gone missing from his family home. It is believed that Bohlale left home at around 7pm on September 27 after they had a talk about his school marks.
Sheena Jonker of Access to Justice, a Non Profit Organisation that assist the Mpeke family, said a search party was formed that worked tirelessly along with the family and many community organisations in a bid to find the boy. Speaking on behalf of the Mpeke family, Jonker said Bohlale was traced as a shelter in Umbilo by Des Moodley, a well-known member of the Durban community, in the early hours of this morning. I went with Des and Dino Brown and went to the shelter to fetch him. He was taken to hospital where he was reunited with his family and an official from his school. He is very traumatised," Jonker said.
She added that Bohlale left his house "on impulse".
"In the darkness he became terrified and disorientated. He was found traumatised and confused a few days later and taken to a shelter where he was cared for until he was found," Jonker added.
She said they would continue to assist in Bohlale's recovery, ensuring that he returns to school soon.