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Police seek assistance after three-year-old girl disappears from back yard


Mtubatuba police in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is making an appeal to members of the community for assistance with regards to a missing three-year-old girl by the name of Yamkelwa Ndlanzi from Khula Village in Dukuduku, KwaZulu-Natal. 

According to South African Police Service (SAPS) Colonel Thembeka Mbele, the child disappeared from her backyard on Saturday 5 September. 


The child, also known as Yami, was last seen playing with a three-year-old boy from the neighbour in her backyard on Saturday. 

A missing person inquiry was opened at Mtubatuba Police Station and has been transferred to the KwaMsane Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation. Yami was last seen three days ago, wearing a white top and yellow tracksuit pants. 

Anyone with information of her whereabouts is urged to contact FCS detective, Sergeant Msweli on 079-500-1081 or Mtubatuba police on 035-550-6100.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that as of 30 June 2020, close to 44 000 people were still “missing” on the continent, more than 28% of them children.  


Bhekithemba police in KwaZulu-Natal is also appealing for assistance from members of the community regarding the disappearance of Anele Busani, 15, of Gwalagwala Road, Umlazi,  Handsome Sanele Shoba, 34, from Engonyameni Reserve and Thembelani Emmanuel Gumede, 38, from Zihlahla Road, Umlazi.

According to Mbele, Busani went missing on 11 August 2020 and was last seen wearing maroon shorts, a white vest and black shoes. Shoba was last seen on 18 August 2020 at 7:00 and was seen wearing blue jeans, a red t-shirt, blue jacket and black shoes. 

Anyone with information of their whereabouts is requested to contact Detective Captain Ngwane on 082-376-3005, 031-909-9923 or Crime Stop on 08600-10111. 

Gumede was last seen on 31 August 2020 at 6:00 on his way to work (SAPS Umlazi) and he did not return home. He was wearing a black golf t-shirt with the SAPS logo, grey denim jeans and black boots. 

Anyone with information of his whereabouts is requested to contact Detective Captain Khambule on 079-500-1380 or 031-909-9923.

According to the Sunday Independent, national police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili said the phenomenon of missing persons is an unfortunate part of society linked to many factors and needs co-operation at all possible levels.

“The investigation of vulnerable missing persons is a priority to the SAPS,” said Muridili. 


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