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A Mom's Delight After Missing Only Child Found

  • Ntungamili Nkomo

Nicole Ngwenya

Nicole Ngwenya

A Zimbabwean mom’s anguish has ended in delight after she was reunited with her only child who had gone missing in South Africa two weeks ago.

Ten-year-old Nicole Ngwenya disappeared after she was sent to a grocery store by her mom, Princess Ngwenya, in their Hillbrow neighborhood.

She was found a week later in Soweto, some 28km away, where she was living with a female stranger, ending her mother’s worst nightmare.

“I would like to thank the Almighty God that my daughter is alive and unharmed,” said Princess Ngwenya, appreciatively.

“When she left the shop, she says she found herself at the train station where she met a certain mother who took her to Soweto.”

When a visiting friend of that lady asked Nicole who she was, she narrated her story and gave him her home address to contact her mother so she could come for her.

“We took her to three different doctors who checked her and said she was fine, she has never been hurt,” the mom, who hails from Matshetsheni in Gwanda, said.

“I requested to take her for counselling and we are now actually taking those classes at ChildLine here in Johannesburg.”

A child goes missing every five hours in South Africa and 77 percent of them are found, according to the organization Missing Children SA.