Teenager deported from SA

MASERU — A 13-year-old boy from Tajane village in Mafeteng has been deported from South Africa after he was found wandering in the streets of Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The boy was taken to the Lesotho Consulate General’s office in Johannesburg because he had no place to stay.

Acting consulate general Tumisang Mokoai told a press conference in Maseru yesterday that the boy left home in March to look for his uncle in Gauteng.

Mokoai said the boy told him that his uncle was working in the mines but did not have his address.

The boy whose name is being withheld because he is a minor said he left home to look for his uncle because he was left alone at home after his 23-year-old brother was arrested in February.

But the ministry of health and social welfare yesterday said investigations had however revealed that the boy had lied about not having anyone to look after him.

The ministry’s public relations officer, ’Matebeho Mosebekoa, told the Lesotho Times yesterday social workers would go to Morija where it has been discovered the boy had a guardian.

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