[VIDEO] Mother 'elated' at being reunited with son missing for six years
The story of a 30-year-old Delft man found in eSwatini after being missing and presumed dead for six years, has gripped the nation.
Police apparently found him scratching in bins in the kingdom formerly known as Swaziland, more than 1,700 kilometres from Cape Town.
Two city police officers stepped in, using their own time and resources to help mom Jane Daniels get to her son who is thought to be mentally challenged.
Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Isaacs has followed the story all the way to the border post where the two were reunited.
She describes the moment to Africa Melane on Weekend Breakfast.
She felt like a million emotions at once. She grabbed him, she was extremely happy, she was elated.Lauren Isaacs Reporter - Eyewitness News
Denzil recognised her and he was just as happy to see her, but it seemed as though he was a bit confused. He seemed to be sort of in another world...Lauren Isaacs Reporter - Eyewitness News
Isaacs said when asked about the last six years, he gave different versions of his story.
He said that he walked and he hitchhiked all the way from Delft to Swaziland. He then said he had friends here, he said he worked as a handyman.Lauren Isaacs Reporter - Eyewitness News
He smiled all the time, his mother hugged him and he smiled and he seemed happy, but you could see he can't express his emotions properly... We don't know what mental condition he has, but he had a smile on his face the whole time.Lauren Isaacs Reporter - Eyewitness News
When Jane told her son his father had died, although he couldn't express his emotions verbally says Isaacs, his body language showed his shock.
Everything just dropped, his smile dropped, his shoulders dropped.Lauren Isaacs Reporter - Eyewitness News
The reunited mother and son are being driven back to Cape Town and Jane's aim is to get Denzil to a doctor as soon as they arrive back home to find out more about his condition and how to help him.
If there is medication to help him with this condition, they don't even know what they're dealing with.Lauren Isaacs Reporter - Eyewitness News
Denzil's mother has already lost her husband and another son - she says her biggest worry is keeping her new-found boy safe.
It's going to be difficult to keep an eye on a 30-year-old man 24/7, night and day.Lauren Isaacs Reporter - Eyewitness News
Isaacs says Social Services in the Western Cape are aware of the case and ready to help Denzil access a social grant.
She describes the police officers who helped Jane to get to the border with eSwatini, as heroes.
They've restored my faith in humanity. There are good cops, despite all the negative stories about police officers going around.Lauren Isaacs Reporter - Eyewitness News
They were so happy to see Jane and her son together.Lauren Isaacs Reporter - Eyewitness News
They believe more officers should go the extra mile, above and beyond the call of duty to help people because that's really what their job is.Lauren Isaacs Reporter - Eyewitness News
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