Mystery over missing local academic

2018-10-23 15:30
Dr Nhlakanipho Mntungwa, who has been missing since October?16.

Dr Nhlakanipho Mntungwa, who has been missing since October?16. (Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mystery surrounds the disappearance of a Pietermaritzburg academic who has been missing for six days.

Dr Nhlakanipho Mntungwa (34), a former University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) employee, was last seen on October 16 in Durban wearing a blue t-shirt and black pants.

His brother, Sandile Mntungwa, said that Nhlakanipho had gone to visit his girlfriend in Durban when he disappeared.

“Apparently they were at the beach around 8 pm in the car and he and his girlfriend were taking a nap. When she woke up, Nhlaka was not in the car.”

Sandile said that his brother’s girlfriend waited for over an hour, hoping that Nhlakanipho would return, but he did not. “We don’t know what happened because he left his cell phone in the car. He only took his wallet with him.”

They reported him missing at South Beach police station and at the Loop Street police station on Monday.

The family has also put his picture on social media, urging those who might have seen him to contact the police.

Sandile said the family have been left confused after receiving messages that Nhlakanipho had been seen around Pietermaritzburg.

Nhlakanipho received his PhD in chemistry in 2014 and worked at UKZN for two years, where he was doing research.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said they were still investigating the matter.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  missing person

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Cluster Financial Manager

Cape Town
Network Finance
R950 000.00 - R1 000 000.00 Per Year

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

SQL Reporter

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT
R10 000.00 - R12 000.00 Per Month

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.