Mom pleads with runaway teen: ‘Please come home’

2010-12-20 00:00

“PLEASE come back home so we can work out whatever the problem is. Your disappearance has caused me great pain.”

This is a mother’s desperate plea to her 13-year-old daughter who disappeared last week after she failed her grade eight exams.

Mpume Ngubo of France township near Imbali came home on Wednesday afternoon last week to find that her daughter, Hlengiwe, had ran away and left a note saying she was leaving and never coming back.

Hlengiwe, a pupil at Mlulama High School in Thornville, was last seen by the neighbours on Wednesday at about 4 pm wearing white shoes, black trousers and a yellow T-shirt.

Ngubo believes her daughter ran away because she had failed her exams. She said last week that her daughter was supposed to collect her final report for the year.

She allegedly told her mother that she had not received a report because she had a book belonging to the school outstanding.

On Wednesday Ngubo went to the school to deliver the book and found that Hlengiwe had received her result and had failed her grade.

She said the teachers told her Hlengiwe had been bunking school to visit her friends and her boyfriend. When she was in class, the teachers said, she did not seem interested in her work.

Ngubo said her daughter had become troubled when she started high school earlier this year.

“I took her to an Eastwood school. She did not last even six months there...

“I told her she could choose the school she wants to go to because I thought she could focus on her school work if she went where she liked.”

She moved her daughter to her school of choice, Mlulama High in Thornville, but she still did not attend classes.

Ngubo said she is at her wits’ end. She had searched everywhere for her daughter and is desperate for her to come home.

Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the police were searching for the teenager and anyone with information should call Officer Morgan Monsami at 033 845 7805.

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