Woman arrested for giving false info about missing UJ student

2013-09-21 10:58

A Dobsonville woman has been arrested for defeating the ends of justice after allegedly contacting police and giving them false information about a missing University of Johannesburg (UJ) student.

“We arrested her after an investigation and tracing efforts,” police spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said today.

Palesa Madiba (20) went missing on August 12 while on her way to UJ’s Soweto campus.

Makhubela said the woman phoned and sent text messages to police, saying she had spotted Madiba at a house in Dobsonville, Soweto.

“We found the house had four young boy occupants. They indicated that they don’t know the missing girl,” he said.

Makhubela said police tried to phone and text the caller back to clarify the address, but she did not answer.

“We thought maybe we got the address wrong and tried to contact her.”

After numerous attempts failed, police decided to trace the phone number.

“Yesterday we traced it to Dobsonville. The caller admitted that what she told police about spotting the girl was not true, but she did not know why she phoned us.”

Makhubela said this made no sense.

“Why would she do that. Why would she tell us something that was not true?”

Police were now investigating the possibility that the woman may have been involved in the student’s disappearance.

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