Missing Queens High School pupil found at Maponya Mall

The circumstances around the boy's return are not yet clear.

Maponya Mall in Soweto. Picture: Facebook.

SOWETO - One of the grade 8 pupils reported missing in Gauteng has been found.

The provincial Education Department has confirmed that the teenager who was allegedly kidnapped from outside Queens High School in Kensington on Monday has now been found at Maponya Mall.

The circumstances around the boy's return are not yet clear.

The 14-year-old boy’s family said that police had scrutinised CCTV footage of his last whereabouts where it was discovered he was picked up by an e-hailing service cab driver.

The boy’s uncle, Mduduzi Masuku, said that the footage revealed that he was dropped off at Maponya Mall.

"The police interrogated a friend and the Uber driver. As we heard, the Uber guy said: 'They just called me and said that I must come and fetch this boy, he's going to meet someone at Maponya Mall.'"

He said that the kidnappers demanded a R500,000 ransom but the family couldn't pay it.

"They called his father and said: 'We took your son and we want a R500,000 ransom for him'. He asked to talk to his son and then they ended the call."

The family said that they were relieved that the teenager was not harmed.

Meanwhile, authorities were still searching for the grade 8 girl who went missing from the Lantern School for Children with Special Needs in Roodepoort, also on Monday.