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Deaf, mute boy stranded

August 17, 2007

By Louise Flanagan

Fifteen-year-old Karabo Freedom Malope got on a train in Germiston two weeks ago, ended up in Grahamstown and now can’t find his way home.

Karabo is deaf and mute and has been unable to give the police his family’s correct contact details.

Inspector Lucritia Madolo said Karabo was found on July 30 in Alicedale, a railway station near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, holding a ticket to Port Elizabeth.

‘He was in Port Elizabeth before, also stranded’

The ticket was bought the day before in Germiston, apparently by a woman called Sibongile Bala, but Karabo couldn’t explain who Bala was. He gave the police phone numbers and addresses of his family in Tembisa in Gauteng and Queenstown, but these were wrong.

Karabo told the police he lives in Bethe Street in Tembisa, but they couldn’t find the house. He also told them his mother is Duduzile Malope and lives in Queenstown.

“I took him to Queenstown and that address does not exist,” said Madolo.

Karabo may have been lost for some time. “He was in Port Elizabeth before, also stranded, earlier this year,” said Madolo, but had no further details.

“He can’t talk but he can write,” said Pieter Boshoff of the Missing Children SA organisation said.

Boshoff added that Karabo was “well-dressed, good-mannered and intelligent”.

Karabo is staying in a children’s shelter in Grahamstown.

Anyone who knows his family can contact Madolo on 082-845-4380.


  1. Lisa Marie
    August 17, 2007 at 6:48 am

    Hopefully he’d find his family soon.

  2. August 18, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Oh, no!!
    Pretty Obviously, It is frustrated for deaf boys to reunited with his family. It is hard to communicate with the people tried to help him.


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