Deaf mute man reunited with his family

The 20-year-old, who was believed to be a child, went missing for over two days.

The man who was believed to be a boy went missing for over two days last week and has been identified as ‘Samkelo’. Picture: Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have confirmed that a deaf mute 'child' dropped off at the Mamelodi Police Station last week has been reunited with his family.

A series of alerts were circulated via social media on Wednesday while the social development housed him a place of safety.

RT #sapsGP Mamelodi East #SAPS seeks the family of a deaf-mute boy aged btw 12 & 13. Contact 012 815 7006/79/80. ME

Police say the local station was eventually contacted by the family at the weekend.

The 'boy', who has been identified as a 20-year-old man named Samkelo from Krugersdorp, apparently has a habit of disappearing.

The police's Johannes Maheso says, "The family confirmed that he has a habit of disappearing for two to three days but when I asked them why they didn't report it, they said normally after two or three days they knew where to find him. That is the reason why they did not report the case."

Maheso has urged the public to urgently report missing persons.

"People must not suspect that this is something usual, they should make a report quickly to the police so that a search is established as quickly as possible. "