“Whoever you are please bring my child back, it doesn’t matter what condition he is in… we just want him back.”
This is the plea from Bongiwe Gosani, 33, from Nyanga whose son Likho, 8, disappeared on his way home from school on Tuesday.
Gosani said the last time she had seen Likho was at about 6am, before she left for work.
His schoolmates and teachers told Gosani that Likho had attended school on Tuesday and afterwards had left for home with a group of boys.
Likho is in Grade 1 at Walter Teka Primary School, which is a five-minute walk from his home in Sine Avenue, Old Location.
“I knew something was wrong when I didn’t see his backpack in the house,” said Gosani.
“Usually when I come back from work, he is the first one to hug me and look inside my bag to check what I brought home for him. He is a very loving child who loves hugging me.”
Likho’s father, Thabile Majova, 36, said they had looked everywhere and had no idea where to continue searching.
“No one knows where he is. Some kids said they saw him playing in the park nearby after school still wearing his uniform, but he always comes home to leave his bag and change. We don’t know who or what to believe,” said Majova.
“I don’t understand why someone would take him. We don’t even know where he slept or if he had supper last night. Whoever has him, please drop him off somewhere so we can find him.”
Gosani described Likho as smart and said he was unlikely to forget where he stayed.
“He knows where home is and everyone around the neighbourhood knows him.”
Likho’s 13-year-old brother, Anda, said he was putting on a brave face for his mother but inside it “hurts a lot… I just want to see him”.
In Paarl, the mother of six-year-old Asemahla, who disappeared three days ago, said she was praying that her daughter be found unharmed after someone told the family they had spotted her with a young man on Sunday afternoon.
Ntombizodwa Ntsabo, 27, said on Tuesday that the man was known in the area and had since disappeared.
Asemahla disappeared in Mbekweni informal settlement after playing under a neighbour’s verandah.
Ntsabo said she had last seen her daughter at about 6pm on Saturday playing with a group of younger children at a shack near her home.
“Our hands are tied. We have searched everywhere for her. All we can do now is wait and pray.”
Warrant Officer November Filander said police were following leads and that the search was still on.
Police have appealed to the public to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 with any information on the wehereabouts of the two missing children.