A MOTHER has been living in fear since her young son survived a poisoning episode recently.
Wendy Matlala, 39, from Boiketlong in the Vaal, says her son Themba, 9, is lucky to be alive.
She says the boy spent six days at Sebokeng Hospital after he was poisoned.
He had eaten a hot dog, allegedly given to him by his father's lover.
A woman, whose name is known to Sowetan, allegedly fetched the boy from school and told him that his father had bought him a bicycle.
His mother said: "We reported him missing when he did not come home from school.
"We searched everywhere. I did not sleep and thoughts of him lying in an open veld, murdered, ran through my mind.
"We heard two days later that he was ill in hospital when his father's girlfriend went to my mother's house and said she had seen him in hospital," Matlala said.
She said she did not know what the woman's motive was.
Themba's father, Mira Matlala, says he does not believe that his girlfriend would poison his son.
"Their relationship is good. She picked Themba up from our church and he started vomiting," he said.
"She then took him to the hospital. I'm grateful that my son did not die."