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Shilowa found, misses wife's burial

By unknown | Mar 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

A Limpopo man who has eluded his in-laws for more than 14 years has been found. But he just missed the burial of his wife of 16 years.

The family of Malehloa Shilowa of Mapetla in Soweto, pleaded for her husband, Mbhazima "Loss" Shilowa to return to bury her.

Malehloa, 43, died last week after a long illness. She was buried on Saturday.

Shilowa left with the couple's two young children, Solvias and Mohau, in 1993 after a year of marriage, said Malehloa's brother, Jonas Maje. Maje said the family had tried for years to find him and the children.

He finally spoke to him by telephone on Friday after an article in Sowetan, thanks to a reader who recognised Solvias' name.

Shilowa works in Johannesburg and his children live with their aunt in Giyani. Though Shilowa could not attend the funeral, Maje said he was looking forward to a reunion after years of being separated.

"I was disappointed that they could not come to the funeral but I am happy that we finally know where they are. Hopefully the children will one day come to see where their mother is buried," said Maje.

He said Shilowa was "shocked" to hear from him after so many years. "I could tell from his voice that he was saddened by the news of his wife's death."

Maje said he was excited by the prospect of meeting his sister's children again.


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