17 YEAR OLD MISSING SINCE JANUARY
A distraught sister of a missing 17 year old form four student is appealing for help.
Tefo Semente was last seen on 9th January this year.
29 year old Matlhogonolo Semente revealed to the Voice that her younger sister Tefo a student at Parwe Secondary School in Mahalapye left their home in Ledumang-Gaborone on 9th January 2013 at around 7:30 and never came back.
“She told her cousins that she won’t be long but we have never seen her since then,” said the distraught sister.
The older Semente said with knowledge that her younger sister had developed the habit of sleeping out; they took it lightly and did not immediately seek the involvement of the police.
“But when we could not reach her on her mobile the next day we became worried and reported the matter to the Police,” she said.
She however claims that when they notified the police about their worries they were advised to give her time as she might be out with friends as girls her age usually do.
Semente said since her younger sister had shown wayward behavior on numerous occasions they took the advice of the police and let it go while they also continued to look for her at her entertainment centers.
Five months later they have registered her with the police as a missing person.
“We are now fearing the worst,” said Semente.
“This is just unacceptable. How do you report that a person is missing five months late?” asked Broadhurst Assistant Station Commander Howard Modo.
Modo told the Voice that they are investigating a case of a missing school girl who was last seen in January.
“Investigations are ongoing. We are also bearing in mind that today’s young people are fun loving so we can never rule out the possibility that she is somewhere in Gaborone with her friends,” said Modo.
Modo further said the police will do all in their power to find the missing girl.
“We have to remain optimistic,” he said.