- Leon van Wyk is a coffee shop manager in Mbombela
- He was adopted as a child but always wished to meet his biological parents
- He finally met them recently after 49 years
It was an emotional moment when a Mpumalanga man reunited with his biological family after 49 years recently.
News24 reports that Leon van Wyk, a coffee shop manager in Mbombela was adopted as a child.
However, he always expressed a wish to meet his parents and siblings, Briefly.co.za learned. With the help of a friend, this wish became a reality on 11 September.
Leon found out that his parents live in Humansdorp, Eastern Cape, and contacted them. He took a flight and connected to the small town by bus.
He described just how nervous he was, "I was so nervous I took a tranquilliser before I got onto the plane."
Leon said tears flowed freely when he first met his brother, then father, and finally his mom. His mom, who is wheelchair-bound after suffering a stroke three years ago, was especially happy:
She kept looking at me and she said she was very glad to see that I’d been brought up so well my adoptive parents.
Leon's family organised a surprise braai for him before he returned to Mbombela. A content Leon now talks to his family every day.
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