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now he's missing

By unknown | Mar 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

Firstly, the Pieter Wessels old Age Home, in Nigel, Ekurhuleni, was accused of racially segregating its residents and giving preferential treatment to its white inhabitants.

Now one of the residents, Jack Tshabalala, has gone missing and his family is traumatised by his disappearance.

The family of Tshabalala, 95, were informed of his disappearance last night.

About two weeks ago Sowetan reported about the segregation at the home where black people at the home used separate toilets, slept on single beds in rooms made from precast walls and ate with plastic spoons in a separate dinning hall.

A relative who spoke to the Sowetan last night said the family failed to understand how Tshabalala would just walk out of the home.

"He is 95-years-old and partially blind. I really don't know what to think right now because it is dark and he is probably alone in those bushes.

"I thought they would say its a joke but it is not."

Hermina Nyamakazi, a nurse at the home, said when she arrived for her night shift the old man was already missing.

She said the day shift people were supposed to have all the details of his disappearance.

"But we are not going to sleep until we find him. Even the police and our security guards are busy now looking for him."

She said the man had not been reported ill.

An officer at the Danota police station near Nigel said the centre gave them an ID photo of the old man and they were still looking for him.

He said they would also open a missing person file.

"But the problem is that no one at that centre wants to take responsibility,'' the officer said. "They are all pointing fingers and that is not helping us find the man."


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