Rehana Moshoeshoe from Kimberley in the Northern Cape was 15 years old when she went missing in 2010.
On the afternoon she disappeared the Kimberley Girls’ High School learner had gone to meet friends in town but never returned home. An extensive police search involving several police units proved fruitless. And Rehana is still missing.
A YouTube video that started circulating on social media about a month ago, shows an interview with a homeless young woman in Pretoria talking about her life on the streets. Many people noticed a strong likeness between the woman and the missing girl from Kimberley.
Captain Sergio Kock, a police spokesperson in Kimberley, confirmed that the matter is being investigated. Police are awaiting the results of DNA tests to establish if the woman in the video is Rehana.
“It’s impossible to say when the results will be available. In the meantime, there’s no point in speculating,” Captain Kock said.
A week after the 15-year-old went missing in 2010, Frans Olifant (then 38) from Lichtenburg was arrested. He’d made several calls to the girl and sent text messages, including on the day she disappeared, he couldn’t explain to police.
Detectives were however able to connect Olifant to other crimes, including rape, theft and arson, and he was sentenced to 36 years in prison.