The family of 9-year-old Zinhle Ndala, who went missing earlier this week in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, have pleaded for the safe return of the child.
Zinhle was last seen in Mamelodi East’s Section SNS on Monday afternoon, Rekord East reported.
Her aunt, Mavis Ndala, 48, said she last saw her niece playing with friends but she never came home.
“When we noticed she was not home we went outside to look for her, but could not find her. We called the community who helped look for her but she was nowhere to be found,” said Ndala.
Mamelodi residents have since joined forces with the Community Policing Forum, Cosas, the police dog unit as well as local pastors to find the missing girl.
Zinhle was last seen wearing a green T-shirt, blue jeans and brown pumps.
Her aunt pleaded with whoever may have taken the grade 3 learner to bring her back unharmed.
Mamelodi East police spokesperson Sergeant Sam Shibambo confirmed a missing child case had been opened, while the search for Zinhle continues.
According to a statement released earlier this week by missing children’s organisation, Missing Children SA, a total of 660 children went missing between 1 December 2014 and 30 November last year.
According to statistics released, in Gauteng 270 cases of missing persons were reported to the organisation. Among these, 178 people were later found.
– Caxton News Service