Beauty Mahamba, the sister of Nosipho Mahamba, who was killed in an accident, believes that her sister could have been abducted by a human trafficking ring. Picture: Soraya Crowie/ANA
Kimberley - While the two young Galeshewe women, who were reported missing two weeks ago have been identified at the state mortuary after they were involved in a fatal crash, their families have been left with more questions than answers.

Both families indicated that after Nosipho Precious Mahamba, 20, and Sibongile Leonard, 25, left home on the morning of October 3, they had been unable to contact them as their cellphones were switched off. Their phones have not been retrieved yet.

The deceased were only identified this week at the state mortuary in Kimberley after they were killed in a horrific accident on the same day that they went missing.

The accident happened on the N12 road near Windsorton at about 7.30pm.

No one has been able to establish their intended destination, as all six occupants were killed when the Opel Corsa bakkie they were travelling in collided with a truck.

Some residents in the area where the women lived, fear that they might have been the victims of human trafficking.

The residents said that they were becoming increasingly afraid that young girls were being lured away from their homes, drugged and forced to work as prostitutes.

They believed that the two young women were being taken to Johannesburg at the time of the accident.

Police spokesperson, Captain Bashoabile Kale, said that the police had identified three of the occupants of the bakkie as being from Taung and Pudimoe.

“All the occupants in the vehicle were locally based. The police were initially trying to identify the remaining deceased as residing in the Taung district and did not realise that they were the missing young women from Kimberley,” said Kale.

He added that the police had managed to trace that the car was last serviced by a mechanic in Galeshewe, which resulted in the investigating officer identifying the two young women as being Kimberley residents.

“One of the deceased, who was never reported as missing, is also from Kimberley. The missing persons file will be closed although the culpable homicide investigation will continue.”

Kale stated that the police had searched for the missing women after members of the public reported seeing them at the Boland flats in the Kimberley CBD.

“We checked the closed-circuit television cameras both inside and outside the flats. A Nigerian national living at the flats was called in for questioning, although it was a case of mistaken identity. It could not be proven that the women had left Amakhuzeni Street in a black Volkswagen Golf or that they had left in the company of a Nigerian national,” said Kale.

Hawks spokesperson, Captain Philani Nkwalase, stated that they had not been approached to investigate possible human trafficking relating to the incident.

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