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Johannesburg - A four-year-old Soweto girl is longing for her mother. Every night her aunt, Philiswa Gxidolo, tries to assure her that her mother will return home soon. But 31-year-old Gxidolo is uncertain whether it is true.
It has been three weeks since Gxidolo’s sister, Fundiswa, went missing.
Gxidolo says her sister’s boyfriend was the last person to have seen her.
According to the family, the man was arrested and appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court but was later released.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said a case of kidnapping, malicious damage to property and assault was registered at Dobsonville police station. He couldn’t confirm whether the man was out on bail.
However, Gxidolo said she was worried that her sister’s boyfriend might flee the country. She alleges that the boyfriend is a Mozambican without a valid identity document.
Gxidolo described the boyfriend as an abusive man.
“He was always beating my sister and leaving her badly injured. At some stage she lost her teeth after he beat her up,” she said.
“Fundiswa had secrets about their relationship. She even refused us visiting their shack because this man didn’t want us and we didn’t like him too,” Gxidolo said.
On August 3, the siblings, including their brother, spent a night at their parents’ home in Snake Park. The next morning, Fundiswa left the house for a friend’s home but never returned.
Gxidolo claims her sister was involved in a fight with her boyfriend the night she disappeared.
“Fundiswa’s neighbours told us that her belongings were thrown outside by her boyfriend, who later beat her that night. She was then helped by her neighbour, but her ID was found in her boyfriend’s possession the next morning, when my brother visited their shack to fetch my niece’s clothes,” said Gxidolo.
“All we want from him is my sister. If he killed her, let him explain where her body is. All we want is her remains if she is indeed dead,” she added.