Mamelodi man cooks for family then disappears

A Mamelodi family is puzzled by the disappearance of their father on 31 March.

Johannes Butiki Sepitla (58) of Mamelodi East, Phase 3 had sat his son and nephew down for a special evening meal he had “cooked for them” when he disappeared.

His son, Morena Sepitla (26) said his father hardly cooked so he was both surprised and excited when he said he would cook that evening.

According to Morena, Sepitla set the table, gave them cold drinks before he returned to the kitchen to dish up.

But the two young men would wait for so long for the meal that never came.

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Morena said when he eventually went to check up on his father and the meal, he was nowhere to be found.

Morena said they just assumed his father had gone to the shop to buy something but then got delayed so they dished up and ate.

“When it got too dark we got worried and went out to look for him but he was nowhere to be found,” said Morena adding that though concerned, he had gone to work the following day sure his father would be home when he returned.

“When I came back from work, he still was not home.”

His nephew, Ditaba Sepitla (35) said his uncle did not seem to have problems and would not leave without saying where he was going.

“Before he disappeared he was happy and no one could have seen or suspected that something will happen.”

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The Sepitlas said they had searched for their beloved father everywhere including hospitals, mortuaries homeless shelters as far as town, without any luck.

“We even went to the local radio station and asked for people to help us look for him,” they said.

The family said they could not sleep at night with worry.

Sepitla’s sister Moliehi Manyasha said she feared her brother was depressed but not getting the help he needed.

“We have buried three people in our family who were depressed and did not talk about their problems. I’m afraid I will lose my brother too,” she said.

She appealed to him to return home.

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“Life is not the same without him in the family,” she said.

“When he comes back, I will force him to go for counselling because I believe he too is depressed.”

She said the family had reported missing person docket at Mamelodi East Police Station but the police were not available to confirm this at the time of going to print.

If you have seen Sepitla, please contact his nephew Ditaba on 072-011-5919

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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