‘My son’s been taken for muthi’

2015-03-09 00:00

“I AM praying for my son. I know where he is, he’s being used to do evil things.”

This is according to the mother of missing Howick boy Siyamthanda Gumede (4). She says she is certain her son, who went missing on Jan­uary 23, has been used for muthi.

Ningi Gumede said she remembers the day her son went missing clearly and it haunts herdaily.

“I will never forget that day,” she said.

She said it was a Friday when she and Siyamthanda, her only son, along with his friend, went to visit her cousin in the morning.

“They were playing outside and I was watching Isidingo. I could hear their voices, but after Isidingo finished, their voices disappeared.

“I went outside to check, but they weren’t there. After a while, I found Siyamthanda’s friend playing at another house.

“I asked him where Siyamthanda was and he just started crying. That morning, I went door to door looking for him; I even went to my mother’s house, but he wasn’t there.

“I went home to wait for him. He never came home.”

Gumede said she went to report her son’s disappearance early the following morning.

Two days after her son went missing, she approached Siyamthanda’s friend and his parents to ask what had happened to him.

“The little boy started crying again and his parents told me a man in a white car had approached the boys and told them to get into the car so he could take them to town to buy sweets.

“Siyamthanda’s friend refused to get into the car. That’s why he didn’t take both of them.”

Gumede said after the severed hands were found in the river, she decided to go to the police station and demand to examine the hands to see if they might belong to her son.

She said the hands were too small, but added that she knew her son had been taken to be used for muthi.

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