A Richmond mother is praying for the safe return of her 13-year-old daughter who is believed to have become a victim of prostitution on the streets of Durban.
The child went missing last week. Her distraught mother, Rose Nzola, yesterday appealed for her to come home and not get involved in prostitution.
Zainab Nyanisa of Richmond in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands left home on Tuesday last week. Her mother said she is convinced her child left with a friend who is known for "regularly disappearing".
Nzola, 32, is afraid that her daughter may have been forced into prostitution somewhere in Durban as that is where her friends believe she is. "Her friends said she left with a friend from school.
"This friend disappears all the time and her parents are not even worried about her," said Nzola.
Nyanisa is a Grade 7 pupil at Richlea Primary School. She is dark in complexion, well-built and about 1,30m in height, and has dark hair. When she left home for school, she was wearing a white shirt, a black jersey and a blue skirt.
"I have spoken to the mother of the girl she left with, but she did not seem to be worried that her child has disappeared for more than a week. I have looked everywhere. Some of her friends said she was in Umlazi, but when we went to a house in Umlazi where they were believed to be, we could not find them," Nzola said.
She said her daughter might have joined a group of girls from the area known to be involved in prostitution from time to time.
"They only return home when they are sick. They leave at a very young age, starting off by disappearing now and then, and mostly come home to die of HIV-Aids."