Daniel Da Costa Nunes
A 15-year-old, possibly gay, Johannesburg teen who appears to have run away from home has been found.
Daniel Da Costa Nunes apparently walked out of his Aspen Hills Estate home in the South of Johannesburg on Monday afternoon.
His concerned parents issued a request for the gay community, through Mr. Gay South Africa’s Coenie Kukkuk, to be on the lookout for the young man.
On Tuesday, Daniel was found at OR Tambo Airport but managed to evade the police. CCTV footage at the airport showed him moving towards a taxi rank.
Later that evening Kukkuk reported that Daniel’s father confirmed that the teen had been found again after he had booked into a guest house.
Daniel was taken to the Alberton police station where he met with a trauma counsellor.
It is unclear why Danny might have run away or if the incident was related to his sexual orientation.
Kukkuk said that he had offered to help the family find professional help.
“I just hope that they have learned through this that the gay community are friends and not enemies,” he added.