A LIMPOPO mother says human bones found by cattle herders are not those of her missing daughter.
Human bones and clothes similar to those that 14-year-old Rosinah Mathetha wore on the day she went missing were discovered in the bush in Elandskraal near Moutse, but mother Elisabeth believes that she is still alive.
According to Mathetha, Rosinah was sent by her uncle to Mbuzini, about 5km away, on January 24.
"Her aunt said she accompanied Rosinah to the main road where she waited for a lift. It is not clear whether anyone offered her a ride or not.
What surprises me is that the place where her aunt says she left her is a public area. She never returned home," the mother said.
Mathetha told Sowetan that she had received many calls from people who claim to have seen her daughter. She said most of those claims came to nothing.
"It has been difficult sleeping. I hope she will be found alive," she said.
Hopes of finding Rosinah alive were nearly dashed when local cattle herders found human remains and clothes in the bushes.
While police say the clothes found next to the bones are similar to those Rosinah was wearing on the day she went missing, her mother says no way.
"Those bones appear to have been there for a very long time. Even the clothes are not exactly like hers. It cannot be her," she said.
Police Captain Ruben Ngwasheng said they had taken Mathetha's blood and were waiting for DNA results to determine if the bones belonged to Rosinah.