Happy end to mother’s Duzi ordeal

2009-04-20 00:00

The details surrounding the 10-day disappearance of 63-year-old Doreen Kunene who was eventually found in the Duzi River on Sunday morning are still unclear.

Kunene, a Weenen resident who has never been to Pietermaritzburg, was visiting her daughter in Imbali before she went missing.

Said Kunene’s daughter, Buhle Majola, “I wanted her to see where I lived so I went to fetch her and brought her to my home. The next day she stayed behind when I went to church and I made sure that the gate was locked. When I came back the gate was open and the padlock was gone.”

When Majola entered her home, her mother was nowhere to be found.

“After searching for her around the neighbourhood without success, I phoned my sister and told her she had disappeared,” she said.

They reported her mother missing at Plessislaer police station. Ten days later, a driving school instructor spotted Kunene in the Duzi. He contacted the police who sent out a SAPS search and rescue team that rescued her and took her to Northdale Hospital.

“When the police phoned us on Sunday to tell us that she was at the hospital, we were pleasantly surprised. She still hasn’t told us the whole story surrounding her disappearance, but we don’t want to push her because she’s still recovering,” said Majola.

She said that doctors expect Kunene her to make a full recovery.

“There are still so many unanswered questions, but we are just glad that she is alive. We would like to thank the man who phoned the police when he saw her because if it wasn’t for him, something bad could have happened to her,” she said.

Kunene is a mother of three who works as a municipal cleaner in Weenen.

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