Lele ‘abuducted’, ma feeling distraught

2015-04-30 06:00

Lelethu Xabakashe has gone missing.

Lelethu Xabakashe has gone missing.

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Noxolo Xabakashe, a Delft mother and her family are distraught after an unknown assailant allegedly beat up and abducted her 18-year-old daughter in front of her home a week ago.

Xabakashe (49) said her world fell apart after the beating and abduction of Lelethu Xabakashe in her family yard a week ago.

“I can’t sleep or eat and my heart aches for my daughter,” she said.

To take her mind off the anguish, she often does household chores such as washing clothes and dishes and sweeping the floor of her RDP house.

Said Xabakashe: “If I sit and do nothing, I think about my daughter and what might have happened to her,

I struggle to breathe and cry a lot.”

“I can’t bear the pain anymore now and I beg the man who stole my daughter to release or bring her back,” she wept.

Lelethu, affectionately known as Lele, is doing Grade 11 at Simunye High School in Delft.

He cousin, Ntombethemba Xabakashe (27) said: “I have been phoning her since the day she disappeared with that thug, but her phone goes straight into voicemail.”

“We are hurting and we miss her a lot,” she added.

Xabashe’s nightmare started one Sunday morning when Lelethu failed to return home from a weekend spree with friends at Nyamezela tavern in her neighbourhood.

“When I woke up in the morning, I saw her braids and blood stains scattered in front of my house. I was dumfounded,” recalled Xabashe.

Now she blames the police for failing to track down her daughter despite getting an eyewitness account of the abduction.

“The police are not doing anything. They don’t look around for her,” she said between sobs.

Xabashe said she asked Lele’s classmates about her at school, but they also didn’t know her whereabouts.

Community members with dogs in tow combed through nearby bushes, but they also couldn’t locate her daughter, she said

Xabakashe said the police raised questions about the account of her tenant who witnessed the beating and abduction from his rented shack in the yard.

“The police officials say it is impossible for him to see outside through his window glass and dismiss his account of the incident,” she said.

She last saw her daughter wearing black All-Star takkies, navy tights, brown and navy top and a black collarless leather jacket, said Xabakashe.

Eyewitness Tony Blankenberg said he heard Lelethu bang the gate and scream out the name of another tenant staying in Xabashe’s yard.

“I peered through the glass window and saw the man wrestle with Lele as she tried to break free from his grasping hands until he overpowered her,” he said.

Blamkenberg added: “First the man beat her up with a big stick until she fell down.

Then he gagged and picked her up before leaving with her dangling limply from his big shoulders,” he said.

He continued: “I was shocked and scared shitless and couldn’t do anything.”

Western Cape Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut confirmed the incident.

“This office can confirm that the victim was reported as kidnapped and that an investigation has been instituted,” he said,

adding that “further information cannot be disclosed at this stage.”

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