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Johannesburg - A Dobsonville woman has been arrested for defeating the ends of justice after allegedly contacting police and giving them false information about a missing University of Johannesburg student.
“We arrested her after an investigation and tracing efforts,” said police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said on Saturday.
Palesa Madiba, 20, went missing on 12 August while on her way to the UJ's Soweto campus.
Makhubela said the 19-year-old woman phoned and sent text messages to police, saying she had spotted Madiba at a house in Dobsonville, Soweto.
“We found the house had four young boy occupants. They indicated that they don't know the (missing),” he said.
Makhubela said police tried to phone and text the caller back to clarify the address, but she did not answer.
“We thought maybe we got the address wrong and tried to contact her.”
After numerous attempts failed, police decided to trace the phone number.
“Yesterday we traced it to Dobsonville. The caller admitted that what she told police about spotting the girl was not true, but she did not know why she phoned us.”
Makhubela said this made no sense.
“Why would she do that, why would she tell us something that was not true?” he asked.
Police were now investigating the possibility that the woman may have been involved in the student's disappearance. - Sapa