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By Frank Maponya | Apr 28, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ALMOST three years after his mysterious disappearance, James Molomo's family is still awaiting the results of a police investigation.

Molomo, 55, went missing in 2007 and has not been seen since. At the time he was employed as a plumber at the Lebowakgomo Hospital.

His bank account was reportedly tampered with after his disappearance. A withdrawal of R38000 was made at a Brits bank, while R4000 was withdrawn from an ATM in Lebowakgomo a few days later.

Two men were arrested in connection with his disappearance. One of them, Thomas Mondi Mothwa, escaped from custody in February 2009.

Mothwa was being escorted by police to another court hearing in Zeerust, North West, when police say he escaped while in Rustenburg. The other suspect, Jan Mohlala, was released from custody, apparently due to a "lack of evidence" - despite being found with Molomo's ID with his (Mohlala's) photo in the identity document.

Police initially thought they had cracked the case after retrieving the body of a man from the Kameeldrift River near Pretoria a few weeks later, only to discover it was another man, Abram Busiwana, from North West.

The Molomo family wants the police to finalise their investigation so that they can "find closure" to the mystery of their missing relative.

Lebowakgomo police spokesperson Captain Mamphaswa Seabi told Sowetan: "I do not believe a suspect can just be released because another suspect escaped."

He said he would try to establish what was causing the delay to the investigation.


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