Boy kidnapped in forest

2012-01-02 18:19

Johannesburg - A 10-year-old boy was kidnapped in a plantation forest at the Khothana Village in Nqamakwe, Eastern Cape, police said on Monday.

Mesuli Mtebhele and his 11-year-old friend Athi Cekiso were collecting sheep when a man approached them on Sunday afternoon, Jackson Manatha said.

"He emerged from the trees with a dagger knife and chased the boys. Cekiso outran him but Mtebhele was caught by the man."

Manatha said Cekiso informed the elders who asked the villagers to look for the missing boy and the man.

The East London dog unit, villagers and local police went to the forest early on Monday morning to look for the missing boy but still did not find him, Manatha said.

"The dog unit is expected to hunt for the missing boy and the man in the whole forest for the duration of the day. A case of kidnapping is under investigation and a missing person profile has been opened."

  • Anthony - 2012-01-02 18:44

    is this the culture zuma is braging about?

  • Barefoot - 2012-01-02 18:51

    Before comments flood bout the parents and culture- I'd like to say up till 13 or 14 i grew up in village that had a forest and we used to play in the forest hunting and all despite our parent's strong disapproval, the only person wrong here is the knife wielding kidnapper, not the parents not the innocent child curiosity hey he is probably be black so what? or u looking for more white kidnappers? - 2012-01-03 10:16

      Well said!

  • Sifiso - 2012-01-02 19:06

    This particular kidnapping was preventable. In future an adult should accompany the boys who go out to collect sheep. Hopefully he will return safely to his family.

      chris.faurie - 2012-01-03 10:35

      No, children should be safe no matter what!

      Sifiso - 2012-01-03 15:43

      @ chris.faurie We are in South Africa. All I'm saying is that let's rather practice prevention because we have not found a cure. Then once we have realised a cure (like Switzerland) then we can live our lives without considering prevention (like people in Switzerland).

  • Nicholas - 2012-01-03 06:47

    I hope they find the child alive, all the best to the parents.

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