SHE went to a vuzu party in 2017 and never returned home as she feared that her parents would punish her.
But five years down the line, Sthabile Dungeni has forgiven her daughter, Thembi Nesisa Mkhwananzi, who disappeared without a trace when she was 14 years old.
“She started doing naughty things at school and I took her to the police several times for her to be disciplined.
She had bad friends, some of them had been suspended before at school,” said Dungeni.
Thembi was being looked after by her aunt as her mother was working in South Africa, but that did not stop her mother from trying to make sure her daughter grew up in wisdom and stature.
However, her attempts to raise her daughter well were abortive as Thembi dropped out of school in 2017 before she vanished.
She was doing Form 3 at Northlea High School.
“I searched in most Bulawayo clubs until I got tired and gave up, but now I see that time is moving,” said Dungeni.
She is offering a reward of R1 000 to anyone with information that will lead her to her daughter.
“I want to know where she is and that she is alive, if she wants to come back home, she is welcome.
I’m no longer angry at her and what happened, happened we have to come together and start a new life at home,” she said.
Dungeni can be contacted on +263779684269.