Khanide Nyikinya, a non-verbal autistic boy went missing on Monday afternoon. The 6-year-old was found safe and sound, although in a weak condition.
Briefly.co.za learned that a massive search effort was launched for the boy involving the SAPS air wing, K9 unit and members of the local Ntabankulu community.
He is undergoing treatment in the Hibiscus Private Hospital in Port Shepstone according to his aunt, Nandipha Nyikinya.
Nyikinya said she found her dehydrated nephew lying on a clifftop overlooking a river on Friday evening. Speaking from the hospital, she told DispatchLIVE: “Though the police said he looked all right, we decided to rush him to Mount Ayliff Hospital where he was put on a drip because he was dehydrated and his sugar levels were low. Because there are no paediatricians at the hospital we took him to Hibiscus on Saturday.”
Nyikinya said Khanide's mother, Qhawekazi, 22, was part of the search party that found Khanide. “We first found his clothes, leading us to him sitting on a cliff.”
Khanide had gone missing from his grandmother's home in Bhakubha on Monday. His special needs teacher, Luzanne Fouche, was beside herself with grief when she heard he had disappeared.
“He was found sitting there without anything to eat or drink. They have taken him to hospital. I am so relieved.”
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