Family of missing girl long to spend Christmas with her

Bongiwe Ngubeni was last seen on 1 December while on her way to the local spaza shop.

FILE: Bongiwe Ngubeni's mother, Mbali, says as Christmas draws closer, so does her agony.Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG- The family of a nine-year-old girl who went missing in Protea Glen in Soweto two weeks ago is pleading with the public to come forward with any information on her whereabouts.

Bongiwe Ngubeni was last seen on 1 December while on her way to the local spaza shop.

The grade three pupil's mother, Mbali Ngubeni says as Christmas draws closer, so does her agony.

"I really need to see my daughter back home because now is the time that families get together and do things get together. Now I'm alone, waiting to see if there will be any leads. It's a difficult time."

Meanwhile, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect has cautioned parents to be extremely vigilant during this festive season.

The society's Joan van Niekerk says parents must report missing children immediately.

"Some parents don't report their children missing because they anticipate non-response from the police. If your child is missing and the police tell you to wait so many hours before they do anything, its absolute hogwash. They have to act immediately."