Mom of missing Paarl woman hasn't given up hope

25 January 2017

"It’s difficult for me to believe Nicola would leave without telling me."

The mother of Nicola Pienaar (28), who has been missing since 5 January, hasn't given up hope of finding her daughter alive.

“She’s missing and everything is just speculation until we obtain verification,” Marlaine Pienaar-Vice told Herald Live.

“I would appreciate it if someone with information on where she is would come forward.”

Nicola’s boyfriend, Jacobus Johannes Oosthuizen (32), was arrested in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. He was in possession of Marlaine’s Peugeot 206, which had been reported stolen.

The car was packed with books, clothes (including Nicola’s) and bedding when police found it in Cape Road, Port Elizabeth.

There was also an axe in the car.

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Oosthuizen appeared in court on Monday in connection with being in possession of a car that had been reported stolen.

Marlaine told News24 he was a friend of her daughter's and that she’d never had any trouble from him.

“When I met him he seemed normal. I didn’t think ill of him. At this stage I think I shouldn’t judge. I’ll wait for proof.

“It’s difficult for me to believe Nicola would leave without telling me,” Marlaine said.

According to reports, Marlaine and Nicola were close.

Nicola was living in a flat at her mom’s psychology practice in Paarl. She was last seen at her mom’s house on 5 January.

Meanwhile Die Burger Oos-Kaap reported that Nicola’s flat was found in disarray.

According to reports mother and daughter were in contact on WhatsApp two hours before Nicola went online for the last time on the day of her disappearance.

Police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu, says the case against Oosthuizen has been postponed until Friday 27 January. Oosthuizen was transferred to St Albans Prison in Port Elizabeth after he was denied bail on Monday. According to reports he gave the police a false home address.

Oosthuizen allegedly told police he and Nicola had been in a relationship for nearly a year.

During his arrest he allegedly told police that he and Nicola had had an argument on 7 January on the way to Port Elizabeth. According to him he’d dropped Nicola off in Oudtshoorn and told her to return to Paarl. She was supposed to take a bus home.

So far he has provided no additional information about her disappearance.

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On 9 January Nicola’s petrol card was used in Krakeel, a village near Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape.

The manager of the filling station has told Herald Live that he has video material of a man believed to be Oosthuizen having his car filled at 6.20 am that morning. The video material was allegedly not clear enough to show if there was someone else in the car.

Anyone with information on Nicola’s whereabouts can call the police on 021-807-4000 or Crime Stop on 08600-10111.

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