A family in Pretoria is searching for 23-year-old Tiro Skosana who went missing over the Easter weekend.
At the time of his disappearance, the automotive mechanic told his family that he was going to buy car parts in Gezina but has not been seen since.
“On the day of his disappearance he drove a silver grey VW polo hatchback, registration VPM 048 GP. He told us he was going to buy car parts in Gezina,” said his distraught mother Gladys Bankoes.
“He is not into shady things, therefore, we lent him the family car. He always communicated if he’d be home late. If his phone was about to go off he’d give us an alternative number. But since that day we’ve heard nothing from him.”
Skosana’s mother added that two weeks before her son went missing, a friend in police custody called him to testify that they were together on the day the daughter of a feared Nigerian man was allegedly raped.
“We fear our son’s testimony may be why he went missing,” said Bonkoes.
Cornelius Bankoes said a missing person case was opened at Pretoria North police station.
“Police dragged their feet,” he said, “and then the case was referred to Akasia police station, which also didn’t do justice to it. We’ve started searching in hospitals, at friends and police stations. But no luck yet.”
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.