Thandazile Dube. (Photo by Jabulani Langa)
Thandazile Dube, a 50-year-old woman, has been left totally shaken after a terrifying experince.
The woman thought it was just an innocent visit when a relative from Joburg arrived at her house in Mzinyathi, north of Durban, South Africa.
However, after a week, she realized that the woman had other motives when she suddenly disappeared and left her three-year-old son behind!
Her disappearance was mysterious as she was there one minute and just gone in the next.
Neghbours said they have never seen a thing like that before and some have actually claimed the woman is a ghost who just came to make sure her baby is safe with Thandazile.
According to Daily Sun SA, the unemployed Thandazile is now urging the provincial department of social development to take the abandoned child to a place of safety as she cannot provide for his needs.
“He has no food and clothes. And I only earn money by selling herbs,” she said.
Thandazile said her relative arrived with her son unannounced last month. “One morning, after spending a week, she went to an outside toilet. We later found out that she had vanished. Her cellphone rang unanswered. The following day, we called her boyfriend who told us she was with him in Joburg.”
Thandazile said the boyfriend wasn’t the father of the baby. “She broke up with her baby daddy who lives in Nongoma last year. I’ve tried to contact him but he hung up on me and stopped taking my calls.
“My attempts to get the baby to a place of safety have failed twice because social workers at the Amathatha offices said local places of safety were full.”
Attempts by Daily Sun to contact both the baby’s parents were unsuccessful as their cellphones went straight to voicemail.
Social development spokesman, Vukani Mbhele said Thandazile should return to the social workers’ office and report to the supervisor to get help.
“Abandoned children are definitely taken and accommodated at our places of safety, but social workers first need to do assessments and verify the information provided by those bringing the children.”