Schoolgirl (13) goes missing

2011-10-21 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Zindane Thobeka Kubheka (13) of Westgate, who went missing on Friday, September 30.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the girl was reported missing to the police only on Saturday October 15.

Her grandmother, Elizabeth Kubheka, last saw Zindane when she left home for school on the day in question.

Kubheka said she is heartbroken and is doing her best to find her granddaughter.

“I’ve gone to Imbali township and Snathing where I’m originally from, but there was no sign of my son’s daughter,” she said.

“Her mother, who also stays in Snathing, said she had not seen her. I don’t know where to go now as I have gone to all the relatives.”

She said she took Zindane when she was brought by her mother at the age of eight months.

The girl is said to be quiet, polite and helpful.

The Grade 8 pupil at Kharina Secondary School in Northdale left home in a contract van and the school confirmed that she arrived to fetch her report.

Pupils were released at about noon as it was a long weekend.

The school’s administrative officer, Shantal Harper, said Zindane asked her teacher if she could leave her school bag behind, but was told she could not.

A cleaner found the school bag in the toilets later in the day.

“She is such a sweet girl and her class elected her a class representative. She is well behaved and her disappearance came as a shock,” said Harper.

School principal Yubentheran Moodley said he is worried because of the awful things that can happen to children. He referred to last week’s kidnapping, rape and murder of teenager Louise de Waal in Roodepoort.

“This society is sick, so one would wonder what to expect when a child goes missing.

“Our policy requires us to contact the parents once a child is absent for three consecutive days, and that’s what we did in this case.

“We can only hope that she is found soon,” said Moodley.

Zindane has a short black afro hairstyle and is dark in complexion. She was dressed in grey trousers, a white shirt, white socks and black shoes.

Anyone who may know of her whereabouts should call Warrant Officer Morgan Munsami at 084 400 9945.

• chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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