Dad finds missing daughters on Facebook

2011-03-15 10:19
Kobus du Plessis is reunited with his daughters Leonie, 18, and Zandrea, 15, in the Netherlands, 10 years after he last saw them. (Beeld)

Kobus du Plessis is reunited with his daughters Leonie, 18, and Zandrea, 15, in the Netherlands, 10 years after he last saw them. (Beeld)

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Durban - A policeman was able to give his daughter, on her 15th birthday on Saturday, the Winnie the Pooh umbrella he had bought for her fifth birthday.

“She nearly died laughing,” Warrant Officer Kobus du Plessis said on Monday from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

He recently traced 15-year-old Zandrea and her sister, Leonie, 18, via Facebook after their mother had disappeared abroad with them 10 years ago.

He recounted how he found out on Zandrea’s fifth birthday that their mother, his ex-wife Ronel, had left the country with them.

Ronel had married a Dutch man and gone to live with him. But four years ago the marriage ended and she and the girls landed up on the streets.

“She couldn’t take care of the children and put them into foster care,” Du Plessis told Beeld.

He said Ronel told him she left South Africa after she lost her job and was too proud to ask for more money.

“That’s all in the past now,” Du Plessis said.

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