Kuils River mother went missing after she went to Wellington for a job. Chantell “China” Matthysen, 21, had gone to meet her parents’ friend, Johan Williams, who has also since disappeared. Her mother, Carol, says Williams called her to say his wife had organised a job for Chantell as a packer at a wine farm.
She says Chantell left her three-year-old son with her and took a train to Wellington on Saturday afternoon.
Carol said Chantell texted her the whole time and said when they arrived at Williams’ Wendy house on a farm, his wife was not there. “We knew him. I called him to hear where his wife was and he told me she had gone with her brother to Citrusdal as their mother had gotten ill,” says Carol.
Chantell told her her phone battery was flat and that she would be using “uncle John’s” phone. “That was the last time I spoke to her,” says the worried mom.
On Sunday she sent Chantell a text on Williams’ phone and was confused when her daughter responded in “hoë Afrikaans” (high Afrikaans). “My daughter speaks English, she has never used the word behulpsaam (helpful),” says Carol.
By Tuesday she was frantic and she and her husband drove to Wellington, where they learnt to their dismay that Williams’ wife had left him the week before.
Kuils River woman Chantell Matthysen, 21, disappeared after she went to Wellington for a job allegedly organised by the wife of a family friend.