After being reported missing for almost two years, Simon Mosehla (39) was finally reunited with his family through a chance encounter on the streets of Vredenburg, which set the wheels in motion and led to him finding his family.
Mosehla hails from Jane Furse, a small town in Limpopo.
The reunion was celebrated on Monday 27 May, with breakfast at the Weskus Mall, before Mosehla’s brother Mishack and nephew Fortune Madisa endured the 20-hour return journey between the West Coast and Limpopo.
They had arrived in Vredenburg at 03:00 on Monday morning.
Mosehla was spotted by Richard Jordaan, member of a local church, the AFM Louwville Assembly, at 19:00 on Thursday 16 May in Vredenburg’s main road while on his way to a feeding scheme.
“When I saw him at the traffic light and noticed the way he was dressed, I thought this man urgently needed help,” Jordaan said.
He then decided to pull over where Mosehla was standing and asked him a few questions.
“I asked him where he was going and he said to Cape Town, but I thought he may be looking for a place to sleep for the night.
“I also asked if he was hungry and he replied yes. I then gave him a lift and took him to the feeding scheme I was initially heading towards.”
Once there, they began to speak, enabling Jordaan to uncover where Mosehla was heading as well as where he came from.
He learned Mosehla was from Limpopo and reportedly missing from his family for two years.
According to Hennie Stewe, president of AFM Louwville, Mosehla didn’t have a cell-phone at the time and his clothes were ripped, and presumably he had been living on the streets for quite some time.
Afterwards, the AFM Louwville members decided to make a Facebook post that showcased a photo of Mosehla, in the hopes of tracking down his family or anyone who may know him.
They eventually got feedback from the family two weeks after the post was published.
According to Mishack, his brother was officially reported missing on 22 December 2017.
“He suddenly left that morning, and told his mother he’s going to visit his sister in a nearby town,” he said.
However, Mosehla never arrived at his sister’s home and was missing ever since.
“I remember receiving a call when at work to say my brother is missing,” Mishack said.
After a futile two-year search for his brother, Mishack says he never abandoned hope, and always felt there was a chance his brother would still be found and the two would meet again. There were claims by people from Middelburg to have seen Mishack’s brother walking around their town.
“We searched the nearest towns, such as Middelburg and Witbank, and reached out through a community radio, but we failed to find him,” Mishack said.
He added their mother was devastated to hear her son was missing, and shed tears of joy when told he was found.
Asked how he felt about being reunited with his brother, Mishack said:
“I don’t have words, I still can’t believe my eyes. I nearly cried when I saw him.”
What happened the day Mosehla went missing remains a mystery, as he says he has no memory of how he landed up in Kuruman, and later Vredenburg.
His family also suggests he may be quite stressed and confused as a result of being missing for two years, and they hope he remembers once he returns home and settles in with his loved ones.
Both Mishack and his nephew are also very grateful for the support they received from the AFM Louwville community and for their generous efforts in identifying and preparing their brother for his reunion with his family.
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