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Family of missing Joburg woman accuse police of inaction

Zodwa Mbeki has told Eyewitness News how after spending days trying to find her, she filed a missing person’s report at the end of April.

Picture: SAPS

JOHANNESBURG – A Johannesburg woman has accused police of inaction in the search for her cousin, who’s been missing for more than forty days.

Thirty-one-year-old Sindiswa Gqoba was last seen last month at her Randburg apartment.

Her cousin, Zodwa Mbeki, has told Eyewitness News how after spending days trying to find her, she filed a missing person’s report at the end of April.

But claims police have done little to help her family.

A frustrated Mbeki says that after reporting her cousin missing, she went with a police officer to MTN and First National Bank earlier this month, trying to find out if the companies could help find Gqoba but they were told they needed a subpoena.

She claims that since then, police have not even applied for this document.

Mbeki says her cousin’s cellphone has been switched on and off since her disappearance and someone keeps logging into her Facebook account.

She believes that if police had done their jobs, her cousin would have been traced by now.

“I mean within two weeks of you applying for a subpoena, can you imagine what could have happened, because last week I sent him a message that someone is on her Facebook [account].”

But the Gauteng police’s Kay Makhubela says officers have applied for a subpoena.

“We applied for the Section 205 which will be issued by the court. As soon as the court gives, then we’ll go and check the records of the person.”

Mbeki says with violence against women escalating in the country, her family is having sleepless nights concerned about what could have happened to Gqoba.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)