Man desperate to find son

2017-04-25 07:40
Mdu Mbutho is asking everyone to help him find his son. Photo: nosipho mkhize

Mdu Mbutho is asking everyone to help him find his son. Photo: nosipho mkhize

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HIS little boy Ndumiso Mbutho went missing four years ago and his father, Mdu Mbutho, has never stopped searching for him.

He recently embarked on a campaign called “Ndumiso’s Search and Charity Campaign”, in partnership with Cop Trust.

Mbutho spoke about the day his son went missing.

“It was in 2014 when we last saw him - he was nine. He lived with his mother in KwaDabeka D section. It was around 10pm when I received a call from his mother telling me Ndumiso has been missing since 7pm.

“She last saw him when he was playing alone in the yard, and when she called him to bath Ndumiso was nowhere to be found.

“I felt my head spinning and I didn’t know what to do. I called the police to report a missing child and they wanted pictures and other details, but it was impossible to give them that information because it was already late and there was no public transport to take me to the police station.

“Early the next morning I opened a missing child case and community members had already started a search for Ndumiso around KwaDabeka and Clermont.
“We looked for him near the Umgeni River with the help of the community and volunteers who came from overseas company, Cop Trust. Some people would tell us they had seen a little boy wandering around the streets of Mvuzane, some would say they saw him in Shembe in Clermont.”

He said Ndumiso has a problem with his speech, which is a major concern for him.

“Ndumiso could not talk properly, but would make sounds. It breaks my heart because even if someone asks him where is he from he wouldn’t be able to tell them. He is the kind of child who didn’t like to interact with other children - he loves to play alone.

“He is loving and caring and loves to be carried and hugged.”

“Ndumiso and I have a close relationship as he is my first born son. Not knowing where he is has affected me in many ways. I have sleepless nights and I’m confused about certain things as I don’t know what else to do.

“This situation sometimes controls my emotions, one moment I’m happy, the next moment I’m sad and I am heart broken when I see children playing on the street, but I try to live my life as best as I can.”

Cop Trust is helping Mbutho find his son and have created a YouTube link which will have a video about Ndumiso.

“We are hoping this video will reach thousands of people. I have also recorded a song about Ndumiso and would like to perform it around South Africa. We are also planning on wearing T-shirts with Ndumiso’s details as well as visit various homes and raise awareness about Ndumiso.

“When we visit homes we plan to play games with the children and give them refreshments.”

If anyone has any information about Ndumiso, they must contact 084 732 9424 or email

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