Search on for 2 missing E Cape children

2012-01-03 12:02

East London - Eastern Cape police are looking for two children who went missing in two separate incidents.

The dog unit and local police started looking for Mesuli Mtebhele early on Tuesday morning, Captain Jackson Manatha said.

The 10-year-old boy was kidnapped by a man in a plantation forest at Khothana village in Nqamakwe.

"We will not stop until we find him. No one has come forward so we have no leads on the identification of the man."

Mtebhele and his 11-year-old friend Athi Cekiso were herding sheep when a man approached them on Sunday afternoon.

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

A case of kidnapping was being investigated.


Meanwhile, Motherwell police offered a R10 000 reward to anyone who could help find a 3-year-old girl. Zenixole Solomon went missing on August 28 last year from her grandmother's house.

"We still have hope that she is alive because we have not received any information that can make us doubt that she is not alive," Warrant Officer Dumile Gwavu said.

She was last seen playing in front of her house.

No eyewitnesses had come forward to date, Gwavu said.

  • Neville - 2012-01-03 12:30

    There is some sick Adults in the Eastern Cape

      Tieneke - 2012-01-04 10:27

      Thats Ironic coming from somebody living in the Western Cape......

  • Shirley - 2012-01-03 13:00

    Call me crazy but how do you allow 10 year olds to gaurd sheep alone? Besides the human danger-snakes etc?

      vaughndumas - 2012-01-03 13:38

      Shirley, You've raised a very important point. Having a 10-year old herding sheep is tantamount to SLAVE LABOUR. The world is trying to get rid of this scourge, but it seems like this is alive and well in SA.

      Kim - 2012-01-03 18:32

      You guys just don't have a clue what life is all about!!!! Herding sheep is part of growing up in the rural areas. Not everyone has the same privileges you have and not everybody comes from the same background you come from. Always bear that in mind before you start judging.

      Tieneke - 2012-01-04 10:37

      This is how the Xhosa people live, teaching their children responsibility from a young age. We are not use to this in the rural areas and it only happens when the people from Gauteng and Western Cape comes home for the festive season. Hope they find the boy, safe and well.

      Bridgetletstalk - 2012-01-05 19:48

      Very worried about this.

  • Masego - 2012-01-03 14:54

    @Alicia. sometimes i fail to understand why do people like you blame everything on the ANC.ANC was formed in the 1920's.since then it has been fighting oppression by some of our fellow White South Africans.Yes,it has been almost 18years since it came to rulling. But how do you expect anyone to undo the damage that lasted for more than 70years in 18yrs.yet i acknowledge that ANC is not perfect,but they are trying.i agree with Shirley,how do you let a 10yr old guard sheep alone?its nuts,parents/guardian should also play a role in safe guarding kids.having said that,i agree with you that we need to get rid of this people.Frankly,i wish we could cut their *kaunas* first before hanging the bustards.the country needs people like you,but we need to face the reality that things wont change in a flash.crime is crime,whether you black,White,indian or purple.We should spent more time channeling our energy on positive things,like being united and protecting each other as humans,not as black or whites or ANC or DA or IFP.i hope and pray for the safe return of the kid.hope i didnt offend anyone as it was not my intension.

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