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Family pleads for info on missing teenager

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The 15-year-old girl went missing on Saturday.

Bianca Lindiwe Mpata. Picture: Supplied

A CITY family is pleading for assistance in finding their 15-year-old daughter who went missing on Saturday, January 23.

According to Silogele Kwes, the father of the missing teen, Bianca Lindiwe Mpata was last seen walking with her younger brother in Phillip Mphiwa Street.

“Bianca left home between 2 and 3pm on Saturday afternoon. She was walking with her seven-year-old brother down Phillip Mphiwa Street. Her brother, however, turned around and came back home but Bianca continued walking,” said Kwes.

He said they became worried after Bianca had still not returned by the 9pm curfew.

“Later that evening we asked her brother whether Bianca had told him where she was heading. He said Bianca told him that she was going to Bloemanda. We called her phone but it just rang. We called repeatedly, but nobody answered,” he said.

Kwes said even his daughter’s friends indicated that they did not know her whereabouts.

“The next morning we went to see her friends to inquire about whether they had any idea where she could be, but they also did not know. Her cousin later told us that she had sent a WhatsApp message to Bianca and she responded saying she was in an unknown place. When we tried to call her, her phone was off,” Kwes said.

He said they reported her missing at the Galeshewe police station.

Police spokesperson, Captain Bashoabile Kale said a missing person’s case was registered.

“A missing person report was opened on January 26, 2021 for a 15-year-old girl. The teenager was wearing a yellow round neck t-shirt with white stripes on the sleeves and cream trousers. The Family Violence Child and Sexual Offences Unit activated a team and looked for the girl in the Bloemanda area. The team will expand their search to Lerato Park. Patrol teams are also on the lookout and the investigation continues,” said Kale.