UPDATE: Eersterust man still missing

Eersterust residents have stepped up their search for missing Dean Jafta on Saturday as reports emerged of another missing resident.

Jafta (20) was last seen by his family in Eersterust on 19 May at about 17:00. While the search was on for him, it was reported that 42-year-old Donavon Davidson, of Willie Swart Street, was also missing. The search for Jafta was a joint effort involving the community policing forum (CPF), Eersterust police, Eersterust stakeholder forum and Poort community safety.

CPF chairman Henry Godfrey said he felt positive about the outcome of the search.

“This was a great start for the community to work together to fight crime,” he said.

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In a previous interview, Jafta’s father Denzil said he suspected a syndicate abducted his son.

“There is a syndicate going around in Eersterust that befriends young men. After they [the syndicate] have gained their [the victim’s] trust, they abduct them.”

Denzil said the syndicate had allegedly made contact with his son.

“Apparently they told him he must meet them somewhere alone. That was the last time we saw our son.”

“I feel so hopeless. We just want to find our son and know he is safe. We need this closure.”

The version of events given to the police however, tell a different story. Eersterust police spokesperson Sergeant Sam Shibambo said a friend told police Jafta was on his way to meet him when he went missing.

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“His friend was interviewed and he alleged Jafta did not arrive as planned,” said Shibambo. “Jafta’s car, a grey Volkswagen Polo, was found abandoned at Clarina near Akasia, on the Sunday after his disappearance.”

Members of Jafta’s family may be reached on 072-586-0369.

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