Missing man: cops forced to open case

2010-12-07 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG woman forced police officers to do their job after they allegedly declined to help find her mentally retarded brother who has gone missing.

Grace Dubar (52) of Northdale has been in and out of Mountain Rise police station to persuade police to open a missing person docket.

Her elder brother, Perumal Roger Maistry (54), a cleaner at the Msunduzi Municipality’s parks and recreation department, went missing on December 1.

She said that after several attempts to get two officers at the station to start looking for him, one officer said she should go for mental counselling as “she is not right upstairs”.

She said she even asked her lawyer to get them to do their job, but was unsuccessful.

Then on Friday she called 10 111 to complain about her mistreatment.

“After relating my frustration, two officers came to my house to take a statement about the way I had been treated. They came on Sunday, and later that day the two officers who mistreated me came back and this time they were not as rude.

“They told me that they were here to open a missing persons report …”

Dubar said her brother was wearing a two-piece grey overall, black boots and was carrying a black bag when he left home. She said he does not drink or smoke.

Anyone who knows Maistry’s whereabouts should call her at 079 418 0412.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Dubar only reported her brother missing on Sunday.

“On December 1 she reported that her brother was [with a former relative]. Police advised her to obtain a court order against the [relative]. We are only investigating the missing persons report.”

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