Miss­ing Soweto school teacher still not found

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - MASEGO PANYANE masego.panyane@inl.co.za

A SOWETO teacher has dis­ap­peared with­out a trace un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances, leav­ing his wife anx­ious and fear­ful.

Mx­olisi Mlan­geni, who is the deputy prin­ci­pal at Mor­ris Isaac­son Sec­ondary School in Cen­tral West­ern Jabavu, has been miss­ing since the be­gin­ning of the year and his wife is wor­ried sick.

Hlengiwe Mlan­geni said she had no idea where to be­gin search­ing for her hus­band.

The deputy prin­ci­pal – who also serves as a maths and phys­i­cal science teacher – left his home in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, on Mon­day morn­ing last week and hasn’t been seen since.

Speak­ing to The Star, Hlengiwe said Mx­olisi was seen by his mother the morn­ing be­fore he went miss­ing.

“I was told by his mother that the last time she saw him he was get­ting ready (that morn­ing).

“He was fine – not emo­tional or any­thing like that. But she says when she re­turned from do­ing some er­rands, he was gone.”

Hlengiwe said their plan had been to re­turn to their home in Protea Glen, Soweto, on Jan­uary 2, to al­low him to be there for the re­lease of the Grade 12 re­sults two days later. But when she called and failed to get hold of him, she be­came con­cerned.

“I called him re­peat­edly on the 2nd (of Jan­uary) and he didn’t pick up – that’s very un­like him,” she said. “When I called his mother on the 3rd, and she told me that he hadn’t come home, I re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.”

Hlengiwe said there were peo­ple who said they had seen him with a friend who lived not far from their Bergville home. How­ever, the friend had dis­puted that.

“When this friend was asked, he told us he hadn’t seen him, which is strange be­cause there are peo­ple who saw them to­gether on the 2nd. They even went to the po­lice to ex­plain this,” she said.

Hlengiwe was still in KwaZulu-Natal as the fam­ily had buried Mx­olisi’s younger brother yes­ter­day. Prin­ci­pal Steven Khany­ile de­scribed Mx­olisi as a ded­i­cated mem­ber of the Mor­ris Isaac­son fam­ily, one who spent time to make sure that the stu­dents didn’t suf­fer.

“He is a very ded­i­cated science and maths teacher. Last year, he taught the matrics science and his morn­ing classes would be­gin as early as 6.30am. And de­pend­ing on the amount of work he wanted to go through, he’d work as late as 6pm,” Khany­ile said.

KwaZulu-Natal provin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thu­lani Zwane said the po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing Mlan­geni’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

“We would like to ap­peal to the pub­lic to come for­ward with any in­for­ma­tion they may have re­gard­ing Mr Mlan­geni’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

“At the mo­ment, the po­lice are fol­low­ing the leads they’ve re­ceived,” Zwane said.

It has been a week and three days since Mx­olisi went miss­ing, and the one thing that Hlengiwe has is the hope that her hus­band will re­turn safely to her.

“I want him to come back to me be­cause I need him, and our chil­dren need him too,” she said.

I want him to come back be­cause I and our chil­dren need him

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