Boyfriend of missing woman found dead

2015-10-07 12:48
Azola Njokweni’s sisters Ntombizodwa (left) and Anelisa with Azola’s daughter Ahlumile (6).

Azola Njokweni’s sisters Ntombizodwa (left) and Anelisa with Azola’s daughter Ahlumile (6). (NCEBA DLADLA)

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FAMILY members of a KwaZakhele mother who went missing just over three weeks ago, fear that they may never get answers regarding her disappearance, after her boyfriend allegedly hanged himself last week.

Azola Wendy Njokweni (30), who is the mother of a girl (6) and an employee of the Department of Basic Education, mysteriously went missing on Monday, September 14.

Her boyfriend, whose name is known to Express Indaba, allegedly hanged himself last week. During the investigation into Azola’s disappearance, he denied any know-edge of her whereabouts.

Azola’s supervisor, Antoinette de Wet, said accounting clerk Njokweni had not turned up for work on that day – something which was very unusual for her.

“We thought she might be out of town and was unable to phone because it was not her style to miss work and not communicate with us. By the time she had been absent from work for two days, we really started worrying,” De Wet said.

After trying fruitlessly to reach her on her cell phone, they contacted her family and the police.

“Azola was beautiful at heart. Everybody loved her in the payroll section,” De Wet said.

“She was a quiet person who did not speak unless it was really necessary.

“We knew that she had issues with her boyfriend, who was not the father of her child.

“We knew this, because there were times when she was physically abused and told us that her current boyfriend did it.

“We do not know whether she was still seeing the father of her child, but we know that she loved her baby girl very much.”

De Wet said they had sent out posters and messages on Whats-App and Facebook, asking for assistance in locating Azola.

Azola’s sister, Ntombizodwa Njokweni (42), who has been looking after Azola’s daughter since her disappearance, said their home was in Ncapayi Street in Kwazakhele, but that Azola rented a flat in Ngcangca Street, also in Kwazakhele.

She said they had accompanied the police to Azola’s flat. “The police forced the doors of Azola’s flat open in order to search it, but Azola wasn’t there.”

They then took the police to Azola’s boyfriend’s address to make inquiries. The boyfriend allegedly denied any knowledge of Azola’s whereabouts.

“He told the police he did not know where Azola was. I was not convinced. I asked him myself and he still denied knowing. He said Azola had asked that he gave her some space,” said Ntombizodwa. 

Ntombizodwa said that while they were searching for Azola at hospitals, police stations and friends, they had been shocked to hear last Friday that Azola’s boyfriend had allegedly hanged himself.

“The police told us he had left a note, but had said nothing about Azola. We do not know what to do anymore,” she said.

Police spokesperson Constable Mncedi Mbombo confirmed that a missing persons case had been opened for investigation at the Kwazakhele police station. He also confirmed that the boyfriend’s death is believed to have been a suicide.

Anyone with information which could assist the police with finding Azola should call the KwaZakhele police station or 082 303 1028. 

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