On Sunday the family of Nabeelah Begg, 16, appealed to Capetonians to help find the girl who was last seen on 18 February.
Foster mom Imaan Mohamed, 32, said the family got a skrik when they heard the Grade 8 pupil from Modderdam High had not arrived at school and had allegedly been bunking school with a friend named Roxanne.
Candice van der Rheede, director or the Western Cape Missing Persons Unit, says their volunteers were contacted by a relative of Roxanne on Sunday night.
“She called us to say the child was at her home with Roxanne in Kensington and the teen girls were collected and taken to Bishop Lavis Police Station,” she says.
Imaan said on Monday the family was relieved when they got the call but that Nabeelah is currently with social workers.
The mom says she became kwaad after rumours surfaced that she was abusive towards her daughter, which caused her to run away.
“The Saturday before she went missing, Nabeelah went to Valhalla Park and lied when I questioned her about it,” she said.
“So I gave her a hiding because young girls cannot just walk around or lie about where they are going, especially will all the stuff going on.
“I am not abusive and I am just happy she is safe. She is with the social workers now and we are waiting to hear when she will be brought home.”