Quick wit helps homeless boy

2016-01-19 06:00

Quick thinking by a Sea Point improvement district safety officer, and a spot of social media, has resulted in an 18-year-old man being reunited with his family.

Bonginkosi Bobani was on patrol on Thursday 7 January when he noticed the young man begging for money.

Bobani, having not seen him in the area before, approached the man and asked him where he had come from.

The young man explained that he had been living in Khayelitsha and that his family originated from the Eastern Cape.

Recognising the man’s home town as one in which he had friends, Bobani took to social media to ask if anyone could locate the man’s family.

“Five minutes later they phoned me back and we arranged for the boy to be fetched,” Bobani says.

It appears as if the young man had run away from home after fearing punishment for a misdemeanour, and his family had been searching for him for some time.

Bobani notified Natalie Coetzee, the Sea Point Community Police Forum fieldworker, and the young man was reunited with his family.

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