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Police launch search operation for a missing woman and her two children


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo

MAKHADO - The Police in Makhado have launched a search operation for a missing a 37-year-old woman Elizabeth Van Der Merwe (Smith) and her two sons Jundre Van Der Merwe aged 09 and Reghardt Van Der Merwe aged O7.

Elizabeth was last seen on 27 September 2022 at around 16:15 when she left her place of residence at a farm 2km before Hendrik Verwoerd Tunnels outside Louis Trichardt town. 

According to the Social workers, the mother could not be reached for confirmation regarding pick up arrangements for her sons, Jundre (9) and Reghardt (07) who are currently at Abraham Kriel Children's Home in Modimolle. The mother was reportedly due for an arranged visit at a verified address under the social workers supervision.

Allegations suggest that the mother picked up her two sons in Polokwane after they disembarked a bus coming from the children's home on 01 October 2022 and thereafter departed to an unknown location.

Anyone with information can contact the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Tshifhiwa Netshia on 066 263 4915 or Social Worker Joyce Sadiki on 064 752 1344, Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest police station or MySAPS App.


Sergeant Monatse Mamabolo
082 771 0612


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