Mom holds out hope for miss­ing 14-year-old

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“IT HAS been four months now since I last saw my child. I don’t sleep at night be­cause I think about how cold it is out there.”

This is ac­cord­ing to Deb­o­rah Maluleke, mother of 14-year-old Hope, who has been miss­ing since Fe­bru­ary 13.

Hope ran away from his Mabopane Block A home af­ter be­ing ac­cused of steal­ing.

“I have been to all the com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions and plas­tered plac­ards ev­ery­where in Mabopane be­cause I am stressed,” his mother said.

Maluleke said the boy’s un­cle had been look­ing for him af­ter money had gone miss­ing. “He had a gun with him,” she said, adding that that could have fright­ened the boy.

The po­lice con­firmed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer has met the fam­ily and reg­u­lar feed­back is given to the fam­ily,” said po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Mavela Ma­sondo.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Run­away Safe­line, 47% of run­away/home­less young­sters had in­di­cated that con­flict be­tween them and a par­ent/guardian was a ma­jor prob­lem. – Mahlatsi Dibak­wane

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