Man to be reunited with his family after 49 years apart

Man to be reunited with his family after 49 years apart

- A 48-year-old man is set to be reunited with his family after almost five decades apart

- At 18 months old, Leon van Wyk was given up for adoption to a family from the city

- Now, after a seven-year long search, he found his biological family and is set to meet them on his birthday

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Leon van Wyk was only one and a half years of age when he was given up for adoption by his biological parents.

The Mbombela born man was adopted by the Van Wyk family, who lived in the city and for almost 50-years he never met him biological family.

But, about seven-years ago, Van Wyk set off to find the people who gave him life and with the help of his girlfriend, Annetjie Botha, they started the search.

However, learned with no idea how his mother, father or brother looked, Van Wyk's search seemed to hit a dead end.

Until Botha found a woman who specialises in locating people. The woman offered to help and within a few days, she found Van Wyk's parents' number.

However, Van Wyk said he could not gather the courage to pick up the phone and call them. But, with a push from Botha, he spoke to his dad for the first time.

Man to be reunited with his family after 49 years apart

Leon Van Wyk. Photo credit:

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At first, it felt like he spoke to a stranger, but after his father verified a few details, they just clicked. He learned his biological family lived in Cape Town and he has since spoken to his mom, brother and half-sister as well.

According to Van Wyk, when he saw a WhatsApp profile pic of his father and brother, it was like looking into a mirror. He added they speak often and it felt like there was never a time they were separated.

"I feel like I have known them for years", reported he said.

Van Wyk is set to meet his biological family for the first time on his birthday on 17 September and, after hearing his story, a local businessman offered to pay for his trip to Cape Town.

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