KZN man missing in Asia

2012-02-11 00:00

A 27-YEAR-OLD Hilton College old boy has vanished without a trace in Thailand.

Mark Robson was last seen at Nai Yang Beach in Phuket, Thailand, and last withdrew cash at an ATM on the island on January 23.

According to PhuketWan Tourism News, Robson failed to catch a flight from Phuket on February 6.

The flight was going to connect with a flight to Taipei, where he was going to start a teaching job on February 8.

Weekend Witness could not confirm whether Robson was going to be working in Taipei or Hong Kong as a Facebook post said he would be working in Hong Kong and the Phuket Wan article said he was going to work in Taipei.

Robson had been on holiday on the resort island and last sent an e-mail to his parents on January 15.

PhuketWan Tourism News further reported that Robson moved from the Old Phuket Hotel in Karon to Nai Yang, a beach village south of the Phuket International Airport.

His parents had joined him for a short while in Thailand before he disappeared.

Mark’s mother, Merneen, declined to comment about her son’s disappearance, saying that she wanted to keep the matter private. It was reported that Mark’s mother asked the Phuket Tourism Police to investigate the matter.

International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said his department knows nothing about Robson’s disappearance.

“I know nothing about his disappearance. Maybe the family wants to keep it private or maybe they contacted the embassy or not. I have no knowledge about the disappearance,” he said.

An official in the political office of the South African embassy in Thailand said someone in the embassy had received an e-mail via Jabulani, a South African social network in Thailand, regarding Robson’s disappearance.

The official however added the information still needed to be verified and they were waiting for more information. He said the embassy had not received official confirmation that Robson was indeed missing.

South Africa’s most senior diplomat in Thailand, Velelo Kwepile, was not available for comment due to his phone being off.

Robson’s friends have reacted to his disappearance with an appeal on Facebook.

“He was meant to start a job in Hong Kong last week, but never arrived. We are hoping it is nothing serious, but please circulate this and if anyone has any news, please let us know,” wrote friend Shan Fourie.

• khanyiso.tswaku@witness.co.za

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