Farming apprentice missing

2012-07-26 00:00

A YOUNG Future Farmers Project apprentice, Mduduzi Majola (18), has gone missing.

Mduduzi was last seen leaving his workplace last Friday. He has not been seen or heard from since.

His father, Malangela Majola, said he was frantic with worry. “You must pray for us,” he pleaded. Majola said his son left his workplace — Tweedsmuir Farm in Greytown, where he is doing his apprenticeship — on Friday afternoon after being paid in cash.

He supposedly went to a bus stop for transport to Ixopo to visit his sister. Majola said his daughter called him at about 6 pm that day to say that Mduduzi had not arrived in Ixopo.

“We called his cellphone and there was no answer. It just goes straight to voicemail,” he added.

Majola said he had consulted a faith healer, who prayed for his son’s safe return.

“Mduduzi doesn’t earn that much, but he’d give me money for groceries … and he is going to America next year.”

Mduduzi, who matriculated from Zakhe Agricultural College last year, is one of Judy Stuart’s protégés, and has been selected to go to California to start an internship in January, 2013.

Stuart, a 2012 Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Awards finalist, is running a programme training youngsters — most of whom are from impoverished backgrounds — as future farmers and farm managers.

Linda Tarr, of Tweedsmuir Farm, said Mduduzi had given her mother R500 to buy him groceries before he left.

“We knew he was coming back,” Tarr said, adding that Mduduzi should have reported back to work yesterday. She said her father had searched widely for him.

Majola’s employer, Mark Hauff, said Mduduzi had much potential and flair for agriculture.

The police are investigating his disappearance and the Hawks are assisting.

If you know of Mduduzi’s whereabouts, call the Greytown police at 033 413 9000 or Colonel Meading of the Hawks at 082 772 6858.

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