Young woman missing from Joburg tracked to police safe house

Malekhotla Litelu.
Malekhotla Litelu.
Supplied by ACT Africa

A woman who went missing from her mother's dwelling in the Booysens informal settlement south of Johannesburg on Tuesday has been found living in a safe house under police protection. 

Malekhotla Litelu, 18, went missing on 5 May and was found a day later requiring medical assistance. 

Hilary Leong, chairperson of Awareness for Child Trafficking Africa, told News24 she has known Litelu for the past three years. For the past 10 years, Litelu had been raised in a shelter. Leong was closely involved with Litelu's upbringing in recent years until she was reunited with her family upon turning 18 in December. 

She apparently left her mother's home in Booysens for reasons unknown and didn't take her cellphone with her. She is also taking prescription medication, which she left behind. 

Medical attention

The following day, she contacted and was found by a former teacher and taken to a nearby hospital as she required medical attention, after which the police relocated her to a safe house pending an investigation into her disappearance. 

Leong would not divulge any details surrounding the reasons behind Litelu's disappearance, stating merely that she would assist her in the days ahead. 

Police are investigating the circumstances that led to her disappearance as well as events that transpired while she was missing. 

Malekhotla Litelu

Malekhotla Litelu went missing from Booysens settlement on 5 May. (ACT Africa)


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