The life of Yolandi Botes, 35, a mother of three whose body was found in the Vaal River, was celebrated at a memorial held on Saturday.
Family and friends gathered in Mossel Bay and Brakpan on the East Rand on 15 May to remember the life of a young woman snatched away in the most brutal way.
Botes was reported missing on 26 April after she left OR Tambo International Airport and was never heard from again. Body parts of a woman found in the Vaal River on Tuesday, 4 May was later identified as Yolandi.
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‘MY SISTER, YOUR VOICE IS NOT SILENT’
Mariska Oosthuizen, paid tribute to her sister.
‘We will always remember you for the person you were. Your life turned around everyone, their hurt was your hurt, their burdens were your burdens, you would give your last even if it was unknown to someone. My heart is sore, I will never understand it. Our lives are empty without you, and it always will be.”
Oosthuizen called on government to assign a special task force for missing persons, where there would be no waiting period for a case to be opened.
“We stand in unity and ask our government to please assign special task teams for missing persons so that they can be found within 48hrs not wait 48 hrs and longer. My sister, your voice is not silent. There are so many people who stood up for you today. Today many across the country and the world have become your voice.”
In a Facebook post Yolandi’s husband Wietzue Botes wrote about the memories he cherished.
“Our memories will always live with me and in me. You my baby, will not be forgotten, you will not become just another statistic.”
SPECIALISED SERVICES ON YOLANDI BOTES CASE
The family has since hired the specialised security services of Mike Bolhuis to investigate.
So far it has been established that Yolandi Botes left in an e-hailing vehicle from OR Tambo International Airport on 26 April. Botes, who was on a flight from George to Johannesburg, was on her way to visit her children. Botes was reportedly dropped off at a shopping centre where she was last seen driving away in a private vehicle.
Her last live pin location was reportedly confirmed in Edenvale before she vanished without a trace.
Anyone with information can contact the investigation officer, Warrant Officer Theuns Fourie at 082-351-1622.