‘Witness’, ‘Echo’ readers help find gogo

2014-01-14 00:00

AN 87-year-old Imbali gogo who had been missing for more than three weeks has been found at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Thembi Emily Zondi’s son Sipho said his mother had been admitted to the hospital three days after she walked out of her house on December 6, 2013.

He said they could not find her on their initial visits to the hospital because she had been admitted under a different name.

According to Sipho, his mother may have become disorientated after she left the family home in Wula Road, Imbali, for her usual short walk around the neighbourhood. He said she may have wandered further away to an area where people did not know her.

Sipho thanked the good samaritans who took his mother to hospital.

“We don’t know how she got there. She is unable to tell us what happened and she is still in the hospital,” he said.

Sipho thanked readers of The Witness and Echo, saying it was an observant reader who recognised his mother’s photograph and called to say he was certain she was a patient at the hospital.

“We rushed [to the hospital] and found her. I cannot tell you how overjoyed we are as a family. Please tell your readers that the Zondi family are grateful that they were able to find their mother and grandmother, through an article in the newspaper,” Sipho said.

He added that they now have a deeper understanding of the pain a family goes through when a loved one goes missing.

“We are overjoyed that our story has had a happy ending,” Sipho said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.