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Family of missing Pienaar boy say they still hope for his safe return

Junior Mabandla (6) went missing on Monday June 3, and was last seen wearing a blue jersey and black trousers.

The family of six-year-old Junior Mabandla who went missing on Monday June 3 said they are still hopeful of his safe return.

Its more than 15 days since he went missing. On Tuesday June 18, his mother, Thabisile Thwala, said they only want their son to return home to them and they won’t give up on him. She said despite the fact that there is still no way forward, giving up is not an option.

“I am hopeful that he will come back to us alive and I look forward to seeing him again. We have not stopped searching and we wont stop.”

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Thwala said she wants her son to know that she loves him.

She said the community and the police are still assisting with the search.

In a statement released on Tuesday June 4, the Pienaar SAPS requested the public’s help to reunite the six-year-old with his family.

A provincial police spokesperson, Colonel Donald Mdhluli, said according to the information they have, Junior was last seen leaving his parental home at about 15:00 on June 3, when he reportedly went to buy some sweets from a nearby spaza shop.

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He was last seen wearing a blue jersey and black trousers. Since then, he has not returned home. Some community members and the police searched the area, but without success.

He said the police are asking for information about Junior’s whereabouts. Contact the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit’s commander, Lieutenant Colonel Tinyiko Mnisi, on 082 079 2237, or the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.

Alternatively, send information via the My SAPS app.

“All information received will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous,” said Mdhluli.

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