Family desperate to find man who reportedly disappeared while drawing cash from ATM: ‘Everyone is still in shock’

2019-10-22 13:46
Tumagole Modiba. (Photo: Supplied)

Tumagole Modiba. (Photo: Supplied)

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“Everyone is still in shock. And with the crime rate in our country, we suspect it’s another heartbreaking crime story,” says the niece of the Mamelodi man who has been missing since last week.

Tumagole Modiba (62) was last seen at Silverton Shopping Centre around 10am on Tuesday 15 October.  

According to Tumagole’s niece, Tebogo Modiba, her uncle had parked his vehicle at the car wash next to Uitkyk butchery in Silverton before he went missing.  

“He then phoned his fiancée to meet up so they can go buy meat as she works at the same complex.”

“She waited for quite some time and he didn’t arrive,” she explains.

The police spokesperson, captain Jan Sepato, told Pretoria East Rekord that his partner became suspicious and called him. When he answered the phone, he had told his fiancée that he was on his way back home.

“She was unconvinced by the manner [in which] he spoke and decided to look for him at the car wash,” the captain told Pretoria East Rekord.

Tebogo said when she went to check on his vehicle at the car wash, they were still busy cleaning it.

“She then phoned his number again, it rang, then someone dropped it.”

And eventually it was off after trying numerous times.

That’s when the family notified the police, who went to his workplace but he was nowhere to be found.

Tebogo says money has been withdrawn from her uncle’s account.

“The police managed to retrieve a copy of his bank statement from the bank on Friday,” she confirms.


The 62-year-old has been working at Ford South Africa and has been described as a “very humble, sociable and loving person”.


He recently paid lobola for his partner after his first wife died in 2011.


“His fiancée is devasted, just as the rest of the family,” Tebogo tells us.


“We went to hospitals and government mortuaries to look for him this past weekend. We’re praying for his safe return.”


The police believe the man may have been abducted and forced to withdraw cash.

Extra sources: Pretoria East Rekord

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