Twin fears for safety of missing sister

2013-02-22 00:00

A YOUNG mother from Sweetwaters has been missing for 10 days, and her worried family just wants her to return home safely.

Thandekile Mthalane, of Mbubu in Sweetwaters, was last seen by her twin sister Thandeka on February 11.

The two had left home on a Saturday to buy clothes after being given money by their father.

When they hadn’t returned home by Sunday night, their father started to worry.

Thandeka arrived home on Monday thinking her sister had followed her.

“It was raining and we found shelter at a relative’s house. When it stopped raining, Thandekile told me she did not want to return home. I begged her to come home with me and she agreed,” she told The Witness.

Thandeka said she went ahead and expected her sister to be behind her.

“I’d got over some rocks and was walking down a hill when I looked behind me and she wasn’t there,” she said. “I got home and told my parents she was coming … but as time went by, she did not return.”

The following day, Thandeka and her father, Phillip, went to where Thandekile’s boyfriend was staying to find out if he had seen her.

“He said he knew where she was and he would go to find her and tell her that we were looking for her. He came back and said she had taken a taxi to town and didn’t know where she had gone.”

Thandeka said she didn’t know what had led to her sister’s refusal to return home.

“She never fought with our parents … and we were very close. We didn’t have friends, so it was always just the two of us,” she said. “I just want her to come back home. It is painful not having her here.”

Phillip Mthalane said his daughter has always been respectful and had never been in trouble. She was unemployed, having left school in Grade 11, and had a three-year-old son.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said her disappearance was reported on Wednesday, and police were investigating.

Anyone who might know Thandekile’s whereabouts is asked to call Phillip Mthalane at 072 365 3500 or Constable Chiya at 033 398 9748.

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