A Delft woman has offered a reward for the return of her missing wedding ring.
Although the ring is worth R5000, Shanaaz April is offering a R2500 reward for its return, saying it has immense sentimental value for her.
Shanaaz says her cherished ring disappeared two years ago from her bathroom.
She says on that day in September 2019, her friend Rukeya Williams came to visit her.
“I was about to take a bath on that Monday morning when Rukeya came to borrow money.
“I had already taken the ring off and placed it on a drawer away from the window.
“During our conversation she asked to use my bathroom.
“She went in, came back and we wrapped up our conversation and she left.
“I went to the bathroom and only when I finished bathing did I realise the ring was gone.”
Thinking she might have misplaced it, she and her family searched their home high and low but couldn’t find the ring.
“It’s been hard to get over it. It’s special to me, it was my wedding ring, my blessing.”
She says she confronted Rukeya who denied taking the rings.
She then made a case and Rukeya was arrested but the matter was thrown out of court due to a lack of evidence.
Police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi confirmed: “A 47-year-old suspect was arrested and detained. The matter was withdrawn in the Bellville Magistrates’ Court on 12 November.”
The friendship has since ended.
When the Daily Voice spoke to Rukeya, she said she was hurt by the accusations.
“We had a sister-like relationship, I did not understand the accusations but I wasn’t really bothered because I am innocent,” Rukeya said.
Shanaaz says the incident almost ruined her marriage of 10 years as her husband was upset that she lost her ring and paranoid about having visitors.
“I am offering a R2500 reward for anyone who can help find it and lead to the detainment of the suspect,” she says.
Shanaaz can be reached on 084 832 6511.