“The children were found by residents and had no reported injuries. The SAPS sincerely thanks all the parties who were involved in the search for the children"
THE TWO children from Postmasburg who went missing on the weekend were found yesterday in Postdene following a four-day search.
The siblings, Lorato Rihana Seboloa, 11, and her two-year-old brother Biotumelo Seboloa, went missing after walking from their home in White City to visit family members in Newton, Postmasburg, on March 23.
Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said that the Postmasburg police, family members, neighbourhood watches and community members embarked on a massive search for the children after they never reached their intended destination.
Kock indicated that the children were found unharmed at about 3.10pm yesterday.
“The children were found by residents and had no reported injuries. The SAPS sincerely thanks all the parties who were involved in the search for the children,” Kock said.
The deputy principal of Assmang Primary School, Pastor Ghersian Oliphant, said that Lorato, who is a Grade 4 pupil at the school, had not attended classes since her disappearance.
“The school and entire community were extremely relieved that the children have been found and are unharmed. Postmasburg is a close-knit community,” said Oliphant.
The children’s mother, Sylvia Seboloa, said that the siblings had been staying with one of her sister’s friends since their disappearance.
“My children do not have cellphones and nobody informed us where they were. I am just so glad that they have been found. I was not able to close an eye since they went missing. They left the house empty handed, with nothing other than the clothes on their backs. The family prayed that they would return home.”
She added that the Tsantsabane Municipality mayor had visited their home out of concern for the missing children.