Family looking for missing woman

2014-05-01 00:00

A MORNINGSIDE family and their friends are frantically searching for a woman who went missing in the early hours of Saturday.

Mala Naidu (43) was last seen at about 3.30 am after she had complained that she was feeling unwell and had walked out of her home. Her distraught sister, Amsha, said Mala suffered from bipolar disorder, a medical condition that causes shifts in mood changes and can also lead to lack of ability to function rationally.

“We know my sister’s condition and she is taking medication. We discovered her condition a couple of years ago and about a year ago, she had a setback,” said Naidu.

She said the security guards at their flat spotted Mala walking up and down the passage.

“They had told us that she had said she was fine. While searching for her, we have gone through her belongings and discovered that she had not been taking her medication for two weeks, and this is really a concern. We don’t have an explanation for why she didn’t take medication because she always looked after her health,” she said.

The family and friends have combed the Durban beach looking for the missing woman. They have given out flyers in Chatsworth, the Phoenix area and at the Durban beachfront.

“We have gone to the police, to the mortuary and to hospitals with no luck. We have spoken to vendors and people in general, and some claim to have seen her begging for food on the beachfront, but we haven’t been able to find her and we will continue to search until we find my sister,” she said.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said Mayville police are searching for Mala.

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