JUST before missing women Beauty Jiyana and Simangele Dlamini’s phones were switched off, a man with a Nigerian accent answered.
He said: “I don’t know where your children are. I last saw them at a tavern. They went away with other people and left their cellphones with me.”
Beauty (20) and Simangele (21) went missing when they left home in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga to meet a friend at a shopping complex two weeks ago. They never returned home.
Simangele’s gogo, Thoko Dlamini (51), said she has not been able to sleep since her granddaughter vanished.
“I was relieved when her phone rang, but a man answered and said he did not know where she was,” she said.
“He claimed he last saw Smangele and Beauty at a tavern, but they left with other people. I’m not sure if I believe his story. When I tried to call again, the phone was switched off. I want her to come back home.”
Beauty’s cousin, Busisiwe Mahlangu (32), said Beauty left a young child at home.
“When she did not come back home I thought she was with her boyfriend. I called the father of her baby but he said he did not see her.
“I then called her number and the phone was answered by a Nigerian. He said he was with her in a tavern but she was taken away by other people. The man did not want to mention his whereabouts and he refused to meet us. When I called again, the phone was switched off,” said Busisiwe.
Sergeant Zimkhona Mahlangu said two files of missing persons have been opened.
Anyone with information about the two women can call Busi on 076 824 5884 or Thobile on 076 756 0613.