Wife tells of lost cop mystery

2008-01-30 00:00

The family of missing Bulwer policeman Henry Mandlenkosi Dlamini, who was last seen in October 2006, say they have gone through confusion, anxiety and pain.

Dlamini’s wife Muhle (50) said she lives in agony not knowing whether her husband is alive or dead. The couple had been married for 14 years when he went missing.

She said police at the station where Dlamini was based have failed in their investigations. Seeking answers, the family asked for the investigation to be transferred to Port Shepstone.

"We have done everything possible: we have searched in hospitals, prisons, morgues and all over with no luck."

Muhle, a primary school teacher, has struggled to provide for their three children.

Various stories have emerged about Dlamini’s disappearance. When he left home he was supposed to be going to Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape for a court hearing about a maintenance case for his twins.

"He left on October 31, 2006 on his way to Fort Beaufort for the court hearing on November 1," said Muhle.

She said her husband told her he had booked a Greyhound bus ticket, but a friend, Roman Shezi, who was with Dlamini at the time, said he never saw the ticket. Greyhound has no record of him, and court records show he did not attend the hearing.

Shezi says he gave Dlamini a lift to PMB. "I left him at Jika Joe taxi rank, where he was supposed to take a taxi to Durban to board the bus."

Muhle said her husband called and told her that he had missed the bus and was waiting at a relative’s house in Inanda. At 5.15 pm, he called again to say he had boarded a later bus and at 8.35 pm called to tell her he was in Kokstad.

On the day of the hearing — November 1, 2006 — Dlamini called his wife and told her that he was on his way back home. "He said he would be in Durban by 9 pm."

It was arranged that Shezi would go to pick him up in Durban.

"At 7.30 pm, Dlamini phoned to say he had arrived in Durban and would wait for Shezi at a garage on Alice Street." But when Shezi arrived, Dlamini was not there.

"We waited till the morning, but he never appeared. I called his wife, who told me to come back if we did not find him," said Shezi.

Muhle said her husband’s name did not appear on the Greyhound passenger list. His lawyer said court records reflected that he never arrived in court.

All Muhle wants now is closure. She wants to know whether to mourn or accept that her husband left her. "If he is alive, I am waiting for him … if he does not want to stay with us, he must tell us. It’s alright, but he must show up and face the truth like a man."


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