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

Pertunia Ratsatsi and Nkosana Lekotjolo

Pertunia Ratsatsi and Nkosana Lekotjolo

The errant Ekurhuleni woman who not so long ago hit the headlines after dumping her then seven-month-old baby with her helper and went gambling, has done it again.

This time Nomvuyo Williams, 35, a self-confessed gambling addict, has abandoned the baby with her friend Zoleka Nyengane.

Williams was last seen in April. Her disappearance happened barely three months after Sowetan exposed her for neglecting her baby, whom she left with a helper, Vuyokazi Ngqoleka, 37, at her Kempton Park home.

Now, the latest victim of Williams' antics is her friend of five years, Nyengane, of Driezick in Orange Farm in the Vaal.

Williams, who was kicked out of the Kempton Park flat, sought refuge at Nyengane's home where she left the baby and disappeared.

"We have been good friends for a long time and I cannot believe she is doing this to me. She did not even leave a cent for the baby," said Nyengane.

She said Williams left on April 24 and she had not heard from her since.

"I was not in the house when she left the baby with my daughter. She said she would be back later and that was the last time we saw or heard from her," said Nyengane.

She said some of their friends claimed to have seen Williams in Durban.

"I tried to locate her but to no avail. I even called her family and her sister deposited R200 into my account. They said they won't send me more money because the baby has a mother and she must look after her," she said.

Nyengane said she later located Williams telephonically and threatened to call Sowetan if she did not return.

"She then sent me R400 and said she would be back soon. I believed her," said Nyengane.

"I love this baby and I love Nomvuyo too, but I cannot look after her and my three children because I am unemployed and my husband is very sick.

"The baby is still young and needs napkins, milk and other baby food, and I cannot afford all that. She was very sick a few weeks ago when she was teething and needed her mother," Nyengane said.

Williams made headlines in March when she left her baby with Ngqoleka of Tembisa for more than two weeks.

She returned home after Sowetan broke the story and she confessed that she had been gambling at Gold Reef City casino.

Williams told Sowetan then that she had no intention of returning until she had made enough money to buy food, pay rent and Ngqoleka's salary.

Her mission was, however, disrupted when she saw her picture in Sowetan.

Her child was taken by Tembisa social welfare officers, but returned to her two days later.

A tearful Williams promised to behave herself and look for a job and stop going to the casino for the baby's sake.

Nyengane said she would never take legal action against Williams because she is her friend.


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