Missing East London teen

Siyabulela Jecolinah Gqadu / Image supplied

Missing East London teen: Parents long for daughter’s return home

Parents of a missing East London teen are at their wits end after their daughter disappeared on Saturday.

Missing East London teen

Siyabulela Jecolinah Gqadu / Image supplied

A teen by the name of Siyabulela Jecolinah Gqadu, 17, who attends the Cambridge High School in East London, left the house on Saturday 29 February and has not returned home.  

Her father, Mbuso Gqadu said: “We just want our child to come home”. 

He added that Siyabulela is their only child. 

“Her mother looks fine but deep down she is hurting and very worried. Since Saturday I have been driving around looking for her but without any luck,” said Gqadu. 

Gqadu said he took her phone away on Friday afternoon so that she could focus on her studies.

“She was totally fine with it, we had no problems,” he said.

East London teen disappears 

On Saturday morning, Siyabulela’s parents left their Dorchester home for town, leaving her alone at home.

“We took about three hours in town and when we came home, the house was locked. We looked around for her inside but she was not home,” said Gqadu. 

On Sunday the family continued with the search. Gqadu said none of her friends had any information, police had no leads and rumours continued to spiral on social media after they posted about the teen’s disappearance. 

“We can never tell if these rumours on social media are credible,” he said. 

“Her friends from church and school have no idea where she is and they have not seen her over the past few days,” he added. 

Parents call on community to help them find Siyabulela 

Gqadu said they need the help of the community in order to find their daughter. 

“We appeal to the community to assist us as we do not know what is happening to her. We ask people to come forward and tell us if they have seen her, and to please alert the police and call the family,” he said. 

She was last seen wearing a white top and a denim skirt, however, her green floral dress was not at home. The teen’s parents can be contacted at 084-405-9399 and 081-230-8541.

East London police had not responded at the time of publication. 

One should not wait to report a missing person, here’s how you can go about it: 

  • Produce a recent photograph of the missing person, if possible;
  • Give a complete description of the missing person’s last whereabouts, clothes that they were wearing, and any information that can assist the investigating officer;
  • Complete and sign a SAPS 55(A) form. The form safeguards the SAPS from fake reports and indemnifies them to distribute the photograph and information of the person;
  • Get the investigating officers’ contact details, and send through any additional information that might become available;
  • If a missing person is found or returns voluntarily, inform the investigating officer immediately. A SAPS 92 form must be completed to inform the Bureau of Missing Persons that the person’s report can be removed from the circulation system.