A three-year-old boy, who had been kidnapped but reunited with his family, was fascinated when he saw his posters at the Tsakane shopping mall on the East Rand.
Siyavuya Ngcwabe's mother, Fikile Rose, related how the family went through nine days of pain after a 16-year-old girl had allegedly abducted her son.
She also spoke of emotional reunion after police had launched a search.
"We searched and hoped that we would find him alive. On the ninth day we were called to the police station and informed that the child had been found.
"The first thing he told us after hugging and kissing was how he was pleased to see his pictures posted at the mall," she said as she showed Sowetan a printed copy of a video footage showing her son walking with his kidnapper at the Tsakane Mall.
She said the boy also told them he stayed with the alleged kidnapper and her boyfriend.
The boy had been abducted from his home on August 16.
She said of the events of that day: "I had gone with my older daughter to visit a friend in the neighbourhood. I had left the boys with their father, who was asleep.
"When I returned in about 30 minutes my 10-year-old boy told me a girl who had identified herself as Mbali had come and asked for water to drink.
"He said she left with the three boys, including the three-year-old, who had been playing in the yard. She promised to buy them ice-cream at the mall.
She said a woman who works at the mall realised that the two boys had been sitting there for more than three hours. She then alerted the security guards who then called the police. The mother said the search then began for her missing son.
Police spokesperson Faith Ntuli said the alleged kidnapper has been charged with child stealing.