Colonel Hazel Nonkululeko Phakathi Picture: Supplied
Johannesburg – Parents of a missing SANDF colonel have not lost hope that she will be found alive.

Hazel Nonkululeko Phakathi has been missing for two months and 17 days. Phakathi was last seen on Saturday, November 9. She is reported to have parked her car at the home she shared with her estranged husband in Witpoortjie, west of Johannesburg, and disappeared without trace.

On Wednesday, Mandla and Johanna Phakathi cut lonely figures in their home in Chiawelo, Soweto. The elderly couple said the disappearance of their daughter had taken its toll on them, especially Johanna, whose health had suffered tremendously.

“I have been unwell lately, and in and out of hospital. This is a very uneasy period for us. While we are hopeful that she is still alive, all we want is closure,” said Johanna.

They last saw their daughter at a family gathering in Mofolo, Soweto. Afterwards, Phakathi, 43, drove her mother and aunt, Salome Mawela, to their homes before proceeding to Witpoortjie.