A Kraaifontein woman, who has been having sleepless nights since her mentally ill son went missing earlier this month, has appealed to the community to help her find him.
Maggie Kamfer says her son, Wayne Kamfer, 31, was last seen on Thursday March 14, around 4pm, when he was sent out to buy bread at a tuck shop just around the corner from their home in First Avenue, Scottsdene.
She said Wayne had been admitted to Stikland psychiatric hospital twice last year and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia – a disorder that affects one’s ability to think, feel and behave clearly.
“Wayne is currently under the special care of psychologists and psychiatrists. Before I knew he had schizophrenia, I had a court case against him for property damage,” she said.
Ms Kamfer said if her son did not use his medication there was a danger his behaviour could become uncontrollable.
When he got like that he would go for a walk to calm himself, but he would return home the same day, she said.
“Wayne was not someone who sleeps out. His 11-year-old daughter misses him; they were very close, and he is an amazing father. His disappearance is affecting my whole family,” she said.
She said she had tried her best to look for Wayne but would not give up hope.
“I visited Kraaifontein SAPS to see if they had perhaps arrested him for anything he could have done while not on his medication, but they haven’t seen him.
“Last Wednesday, I visited Wallacedene because he sometimes hangs out there, but there is no trace of him,” she said.
Wayne was last seen wearing surfer shorts and black T-shirt. He has a slight limp in the left leg after he was knocked down by a car two years ago. He has scars from operations on his right leg, self-made tattoos and a bald head.
If you have any information that could help Ms Kamfer, call her at 064 195 7332.
Kraaifontein police spokesman Captain Hein Hendricks confirmed that a missing persons case had been opened at the station on Friday March 15.