Toddler (3) missing for a week

2011-06-02 00:00

A 21-YEAR-OLD mother is appealing for help after her three-year–old toddler went missing from their home at the KwaNyamazane informal settlement near Slangspruit.

The child has been missing for a week.

Thoko Zondi told The Witness that she last saw her son on Thursday when she left for work at 6.30 am.

She said she left the child sleeping in the care of her boyfriend, who is not the child’s father, and her 19-year-old brother.

However, Zondi’s boyfriend realised after 1 pm that the child was missing and called her back home. She said he had awoken to find the door open.

Zondi told The Witness, “I work at a tuckshop which is literally just a stone’s throw away from where we live.

“Mcebi usually plays with the neighbour’s children. But he sometimes calls out to me and I fetch him and bring him to work with me …

“We looked everywhere and could not find him.

“None of the neighbours saw him. It was cold and most of them had their doors closed,” she said.

“I kept comforting myself that maybe my brother took the baby, but when he came back without him I was devastated,” the young mother added.

The baby is dark in complexion with short black hair and has a small birth mark on his left arm.

He was last seen wearing a grey track suit, a cream/white T-shirt with a brown hood and black sandals.

“I am so worried,” said Zondi who was at work when The Witness called.

“I have to work to keep my sanity because I get so stressed out when I’m at home,” she added.

Ngcamisile Ngcamu, who is Zondi’s cousin, said she thought Zondi was joking when she asked her to look for her child’s picture to give to the police after he went missing.

Ngcamu had only one picture of the child since the rest were burnt in a fire.

People with information about the missing child should call Detective Warrant Officer Moorgan Munsami at 033 845 7724 or 084 400 9945.

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