Twit­ter makes pos­si­ble dream of fam­ily re­union

So­cial net­work users help a woman to meet her fa­ther for the first time

Sowetan - - News - By Naledi Shange

“Twit­ter is not ‘just Twit­ter’‚” says a woman who tracked down her dad af­ter post­ing his pic­ture on the so­cial networking site.

“Twit­ter helps peo­ple find jobs. It helps when peo­ple are miss­ing and it [also] helps find dads‚” Katleho Mo­lai said.

She spoke to TimesLIVE hours af­ter she met with her fa­ther whom “Twit­ter de­tec­tives” had helped her track down.

Mo­lai had posted a pic­ture of him ear­lier this month‚ ask­ing for peo­ple to help her find him. Six days later‚ Twit­ter sleuths had sent through scores of leads and she had tracked him down.

She was shocked by how many peo­ple were will­ing to help her.

“Some peo­ple said they knew him. Some peo­ple said he was in Nige­ria or Tan­za­nia and when I checked‚ I was trend­ing in African coun­tries‚” said Mo­lai. “An­other tweet said that he had

‘‘ Twit­ter helps when peo­ple are miss­ing and it also helps find dads

died and that he was a player.”

The tweets never dis­cour­aged her and, fi­nally, Mo­lai got a pos­i­tive hit from one Twit­ter user.

“This girl said [her rel­a­tives] were [my dad’s] neigh­bours. She had de­tails about my fa­ther’s sis­ters and we started to What­sApp‚” she said.

“Even­tu­ally through her own in­ves­ti­ga­tions‚ she got his num­ber and sent it to me. I didn’t know what I would say to him so I gave the num­ber to my mom‚” Mo­lai said.

Her mother ar­ranged the meet­ing. “When we parked‚ my mom saw him first at the park­ing lot. I had my back to­wards him when I got out of the car and when I turned around‚ I saw him walk­ing to­wards me.

“He kind of looked the same as on the Twit­ter pic­ture, but I was ex­pect­ing some­one taller. He gave me a hug‚ hugged my mother and then we went to get some­thing to eat.

“Ap­par­ently we look the same and have the same nose,” she said ex­cit­edly.

Mo­lai has since learnt that she has six sib­lings who she can­not wait to meet.


Katleho Mo­lai and her fa­ther at their first meet­ing.

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