The search for a missing Amandawe mum and her two minor children ended when she returned home on Tuesday but the good news was tainted with tragedy when it was revealed that her five-year-old daughter was knocked and killed when alighting from the taxi in Amandawe on Tuesday.

Thandeka Msomi, 28, and her daughter, Minenhle (5) and son, Lindani (2) were last seen walking along the Mpambinyoni river bridge towards Scottburgh on Saturday, 1 September at about 08:30am and they never returned home leading to the intensive search.

Police enquiries with friends and relatives proved fruitless. Members of SAPS were led to believe that Thandeka had been chatting with someone in Johannesburg on social media and had arranged to meet him at the Park railway station on Wednesday, however, she never arrived according to information received at the time.

Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said the mother had safely returned home on Tuesday 2 October 2018, after going to Palm Ridge in Johannesburg to visit a family member.

“It is alleged that the cellphone she had was stolen at the bus rank in Durban and she was therefore unable to notify anyone of her travel plans.

While getting off the taxi at Amandawe, her five-year-old child ran into oncoming traffic and was knocked down.

She later succumbed to her injuries. A culpable homicide docket has been opened for investigation,” Cpt Gwala said.