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Mother's frantic hunt

By unknown | Mar 09, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Two years after her 25-year-old daughter disappeared, Manesi Tswayi is still hurting inside.

Tswayi, 55, of Osizweni township in Newcastle, says her daughter Sithembile disappeared in 2005, leaving her with her two little daughters - one aged four and the other just 11 months.

A distraught Tswayi told Sowetan yesterday she had lost hope of ever finding her daughter alive, but was praying to get her remains to bury them.

Tswayi said she last saw Sithembile the day she left to visit her boyfriend in Vryheid.

"I last saw her when she came home to pack her things, saying she was going to see her boyfriend in Vryheid."

Sithembile, Tswayi's only daughter, left her without her identity document.

When Sithembile did not return home she informed her pastor, who volunteered to accompany her to Vryheid to look for her daughter.

"Her boyfriend was surprised to hear that Sithembile had not returned home," said Tswayi.

"He told us that Sithembile took all her clothes and left while he was at work. I'm only praying to find her alive or at least to get her remains to bury," she cried.

She said she had reported the matter to the police, but there was so far no word about her daughter.

She had turned to Sowetan for help following her neighbours' advice.

"I have tried everything to find my child as her children always ask about her whereabouts. I have hope that Sowetan will help me find her. People that have disappeared for years were found through this paper, why not my child.

"Police also tried to help me but to no avail," she said.

Tswayi said she felt more pain because Sithembile was now her only daughter after her elder sister died last year.


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