The family of a 32-year-old teacher who went missing on her way to work last week says an undisclosed amount of money was withdrawn from her bank account.
Dikeledi Sebopetsa, a teacher at Lerale Primary School at GaRabohale village in Limpopo, left her home on Tuesday morning and later requested money from her uncle who made a deposit into her bank account. She didn’t arrive at work.
According to family spokesperson Zondi Masenamela, they learnt that money was withdrawn from Sebopetsa’s bank account on Tuesday night.
“We have taken the information to the police to investigate and we are not allowed to share the details of how much was withdrawn. We humbly request for public assistance for the safe return of our daughter,” Masenamela said.
Police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe said they were investigating every piece of information that is brought forward to find Sebopetsa.
“ We can’t reveal the details of our investigations,” he said.
Masenamela said Sebopetsa took a taxi from her village in Satlaleng to the main road where she waits for her lift-club transport.
“We were worried when we got a call from the school informing us that she is not at work. And the person who usually travels with her said she waited for Sebopetsa who didn’t show up until she decided to leave.”
When Sowetan visited the Sebopetsa house yesterday the family had gathered under a mango tree to discuss her disappearance. The whole episode was overwhelming for the missing teacher’s teen daughter who left to go to church to pray for her mother’ safe return.
The 16-year-old told Sowetan her seven-year-old sister keeps asking about their mother.
“We have not told her anything yet. We only told her that my mother took a school trip,” the teen said.
Another family member, Thomas Monaiwa, said they are becoming more worried because her boyfriend told them that he spoke with her earlier on the day of her disappearance.
“Sebopetsa’s boyfriend told the family and police that he spoke to her over the phone at 10am on Tuesday and he says she told him she was at work. The statement is worrisome because we tried to get hold of her without success around the same time because her phone was off,” Monaiwa said.
Ngoepe said police had not taken anyone in for questioning and their investigations were continuing.
He said their preliminary investigations revealed that the victim called her uncle on Tuesday and requested a substantial amount of money to be transferred to her bank account and he complied.
“Later on the same day, her uncle made numerous attempts to reach her on the phone but the victim’s cellphone was on voicemail,” Ngoepe said.
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