South Africa

Winterveldt man disappears at EFF July rally


A Winterveldt family has been left in a deep state of anguish, after son Elias Molwayedwa Skhosana (40) failed to return home from the EFF 10th anniversary rally at FNB stadium on Saturday July 29.

Skhosana is epileptic but it is controlled with medication.

Mother Nondlela Dhladhla said Skhosana left home with his church choir which was scheduled to perform at the rally and never returned.

She said he loves singing, is a churchgoer of note and his disappearance has distressed the family.

“No one has seen or heard from him,” said Dhladhla.

She said Skhosana’s seizures were under control and had travelled with his choir before on many occasions but always returned home.

She suspected he may have boarded a wrong bus.

“We have looked for him in hospitals and mortuaries around Gauteng… he may have taken a bus to Mpumalanga, Limpopo or KZN, nobody knows,” she said.

She said his disappearance has badly affected her health.

“I am very sick, weak and my health is slowly deteriorating, this situation has put me under immense stress… I have not been able to eat properly or even sleep because I don’t know if he had something to eat, a place to sleep or was even still alive,” she said adding she needed closure.

“This has been very difficult period for me and the rest of my family, as we will be spending this festive season crying, not knowing where Elias is. I need to find him, even if he is dead it’s fine… I will be able to give him a decent burial.”

She said the family had also gone to North West to look for him after hearing rumours he had been spotted there.

“Every night and every morning I go to his room to check if he might have miraculously returned home, I am deeply saddened. He might be vulnerable wherever he is.”

He was last seen wearing black shoes, a blue and white shirt, black socks and cream white trousers.

She said various local political parties had offered help and organised search parties to find Skhosana alive in vain.
“They have been picking us up and driving us to search hospitals and I wish we can go search in other provinces as he might have been confused and boarded a wrong bus.”

Skhosana’s aunt said her sister has not been coping since he disappeared.

“My sister has been losing weight, more sickly as the stress keeps piling on, I have to walk from Lebanon to Winterveldt every day to check up on her and make sure she takes her meds.”

A missing person’s case is open at Booysens police station and members of the public are urged to take Skhosana there should they recognise him.

Anyone with information can contact Nondlala Dhladhla on 082 733 9351 or investigating officer Sergeant Motshweneng on 083 478 1583.

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