Lost boy returns home

2010-11-19 00:00

IT was a relief when a 26-year-old Pietermaritzburg mother was reunited on Wednesday morning with her 11-year-old son, who had been missing for three nights.

Thobeka Thusi had three sleepless nights and offered non-stop prayers for the safe return of her son, Nkululeko Linda Thusi.

The boy went missing during a Universal Church service in Church Street on Sunday morning.

While she was focusing on the church sermons, Linda slipped out of the church hall to the toilet. From then on it was anguish for Thobeka until they were reunited at the Pietermaritzburg Central police station. This was after

The Witness had published a report of the missing boy.

“When I could not see him I panicked and informed priests and other worshippers, who all searched unsuccessfully,” she said.

When everyone had left the church, Thusi, who had tears running down her face, searched along Church Street and then went to report the matter to the police. All the time she was carrying her daughter Nosipho Zaca (3).

She did not want to return to her Elandskop home without her son.

“At 10 pm I realised that I had no transport to go home. I gave my cellphone to a meter taxi driver as payment to take me home as I did not have enough money,” said Thusi.

She broke the news to Linda’s stepfather, Thulasizwe Zaca (33), who was shocked. They both had sleepless nights as they were concerned about Linda’s safety.

On seeing The Witness on Tuesday, Thuli’s relatives in Imbali phoned police to report that they had the boy with them.

Linda said that when he realised that the church toilets were too filthy he crossed Church Street to relieve himself at the Capital Centre. When he came out he took the wrong direction.

He ended up in Langalibalele Street. As he could not see the church he walked until he reached Moses Mabhida Road, and continued to Plessislaer.

“Then I saw Imbali and proceeded to my relatives there. A few days later they took me to the police station,” said Linda.

“I have been with this boy since he was two years old and I love him. I’m happy that he is back,” said Zaca.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said: “The link between police, community and the media is very important because we found the boy unharmed.”

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