Disabled woman goes missing

2011-01-27 10:26

Johannesburg - A disabled woman from a farm in Rayton, east of Pretoria, has been missing since Monday after she was presumably kidnapped by a person she met on the cellphone chat application MXit.

Elizabeth (Liza) Connoway, 33, who is mentally as well as physically disabled, appears normal but drags her feet and walks with a limp. She easily falls over her own feet, said her mother, Elize Fourie, 57, on Wednesday.

"I am not angry. Please don't hurt my child and bring her back or leave her somewhere where we can find her," pleaded Fourie.

Fourie said that on the night of her disappearance, Connoway had covered her other disabled daughter, Bernize Connoway, 20, with a blanket in her bed and told her: "Remember, it's your birthday tomorrow."


"Liza then went to her room after saying goodnight to me and her stepfather. She shut the door to her room.

"The next morning at about 08:30 I wondered why she was sleeping so late. I went to her room and only found an unmade bed. We searched everywhere but there was no sign of Liza."

She said apart from the cellphone, nothing else was gone. They also couldn't tell exactly what time of the night she had disappeared. She is presumably wearing dark denim jeans with a black tracksuit jacket and black shoes.

Fourie said she suspected her daughter had maybe become involved with someone on MXit.

"I realised a while ago that she was on MXit and I warned her to stay away.

"She said she didn't chat anymore on MXit but now I wonder if she didn't perhaps go on doing it after all, because why else would she have just disappeared?"

Fourie's husband, Hendrik Fourie, 56, and others searched the farm but found no trace of Connoway.

"We have reported the incident to the police.

"Liza has had her dog for eight years and has never gone anywhere without him. She would never have left him out of her own free will."


Connoway turned 33 on January 19.

She has problems with her hips and has had several operations. "She is sometimes so unstable on her feet that you can push her over with your finger.

"Although she appears normal, she has the thoughts of a young child and she often has memory loss."

Police spokesperson Johannes Jafta said at this stage police are investigating a missing persons case.

"We are already busy with a search and will keep the family up to date," said Jafta.

  • Melly30 - 2011-01-27 10:35

    I pray you get home safe Liza, unharmed!! Thinking of you and your family!! People please don't let your kids go on Mixit! It is so dangerous!!

      Melly30 - 2011-01-27 11:25

      Ryno whatever! You are a waste of time!! Rather go and play in traffic and leave us all alone here!! Your kind of sympathy is not welcome here!! DOOS

      Vernon - 2011-01-27 11:46

      Agree,@rhino one word,Prick.

      spiderkzn - 2011-01-27 12:03

      Mxit is not dangerous. The problem is that Person who share the sensitive information to stranger is not safe to do...

  • Noleen - 2011-01-27 10:54

    I pray they find this young lady safe and unharmed, I can't imagine what these parents are going through right now. Our prayers and thoughts are with you!

  • Flee - 2011-01-27 11:01

    I hope that Liz is found well, and safe... But this article is sooo presumptuous... Saying she has been kidnapped by someone she met on mxit, and then her mother speculating that she might have been on mxit... Nothing confirmed...

  • Anneza - 2011-01-27 11:01

    You can't blame Mxit. If it is used sensibly, there's no danger of meeting strangers. Unfortunately this young woman is through no fault of her own not capable of sensible thought and analysis. Perhaps she shouldn't have had a phone with that kind of app. Better safe than sorry in such cases.

  • Mmakadikwe1 - 2011-01-27 11:38

    I hope that someone out there with a sense of kindness can hear the cry of her parents and please bring her back to them.It does not matter what idiots may say,the fact is her parents are as heartbroken as any other parent would be in a situation like this.For those who are out there taking advantage of our kids,your day will come and we will chop those onions and carrot as they seems to trouble you.

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