The International Police (Interpol) have been roped in to help look for a missing Cape Town child.
Worcester mom Pamela Lamani, 31, believes her seven-year-old daughter Lisakhanya Lamani was kidnapped by her Zimbabwean dad Tafadzwa Emmanuel Bhongwane on 19 August 2019.
She says her 29-year-old berk denied taking the child but he has since blocked her from his phone and social media.
Pamela says they would visit her berk over weekends at his home in Summer Greens.
She says that weekend, he inexplicably told her that he wanted to spend more time with his daughter and that Monday, while they were still sleeping, she left for work.
But when she returned that night, they were both gone, and so were their clothes.
Pamela says when she called Tafadzwa, he claimed he did not know where Lisakhanya was.
“He was lying because he then refused to come back and help me look for her,” she says.
She went home to Worcester the next day and kept calling her berk until he blocked her.
The mom says she received help from social workers and opened a missing persons case.
She says she trusted her berk and never expected him to take away her daughter as he never spoke about leaving before.
“I wish I knew his circumstances when he took my child. I thought he was my best friend.
“I wanted to kill myself so many times but I thank God I haven’t been able to. I believe one day my baby will come home again,” she cries.
The mom believes Tafadzwa may have returned to his hometown of Gweru in Zimbabwe.
When the Daily Voice called Tafadzwa’s Zimbabwe number and asked about the missing child, a man who answered said he did not know what we were talking about.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg, says police have opened a missing person’s docket, and that Interpol are also searching for Lisakhanya.