Deserted mother and baby go home

2010-12-17 00:00

A 22-YEAR-OLD Lesotho woman, stranded in Pietermaritzburg for about a month after her elder brother disappeared with her transport fare and passport, has finally found help to return home.

Lesotho Consul-General Manoeli Ntholi arrived at Pietermaritzburg Central police station to give Nthabisile Mokoena and her one-month-old baby boy travel documents and fare to go home.

Mokoena’s ordeal began at Masukwana taxi rank when her brother David Mokoena (31) disappeared with their money and their travel documents.

They had alighted from a taxi from New Hanover when he told her to wait while he bought food.

The siblings were returning from New Hanover where they had attended the funeral of their parents, Anacleda Ndlovu and John Mokoena, who had been murdered on November 6.

Mokoena arrived in New Hanover on November 13.

At the funeral, their parents’ employer gave her brother R15 000 to take back home, but he disappeared with the cash.

“He left us at the rank at about noon. At about 3 pm I decided to walk with the baby and three heavy bags to Underberg taxi rank [in Pine Street] with a hope of finding my brother waiting for us there,” she said.

Her brother was not there.

A security guard took her to Pietermaritzburg Central police station where she was referred to the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) shelter, which took the mother and child in.

Warrant Officer Hamilton Mdakana traced Ntholi’s office through Home Affairs.

Ntholi, who gave Mokoena money to travel home, said he was grateful to the South African police and KZNCC for taking care of the Lesotho nationals.

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