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Families desperate for answers after their two sons are Kidnapped

Zukiswa Somaguda, mother of Yamkelo Somaguda, 21, said her son and Cwenga Ndongeni, 25, were taken from separate yards in Norwood, accused of theft by a group of men and loaded into a bakkie and truck. They have not been seen since.

Somaguda and Ndongeni ’ s mother, Nonina Ndongeni, 53, of Payne village, have been looking for the two friends in hospitals and mortuaries in Mthatha ever since.

Somaguda said: “We will continue to look for them. We need to find our boys.”

Police spokesperson W/O Majola Nkohli said police in Madeira were investigating a case of kidnapping.

“Two men, Siphelele Sawula and Mzingisi Mahlosana, were arrested and have appeared in the Mthatha magistrate’s court on charges of kidnapping. They are out on R1,000 bail each. Their case is postponed to August 8. The two youths were accused of stealing a toolbox.”

Nonina, an unemployed single parent, walks up to 10km a day to local hospitals and mortuaries looking for her thirdborn. “I don’t sleep any more, I can’t eat.”

She was on her way to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital when she spoke to the Dispatch on Monday. She last saw her child in February. He was staying with friends in Norwood. “I don ’ t know how many times I’ve gone to this hospital and mortuary looking for him. I feel sadder every time.

“I have looked everywhere I can think of. We were told they were beaten and bleeding.

“It’s hard for us in places like forests and rivers because we are women,” she said.

She admitted her son had been using drugs.

“Finding his bones would end this painful feeling.

“I lose hope sometimes but I pray for strength and look again.

“Someone who was arrested is out on bail. We don’t know how because our children are still missing.

“I am asking anyone who can to help us find our boys. Cwenga was like any other child who did not listen because of drugs.

“If he did not do drugs he would still be here. I don ’ t know why he did that [drugs] because I did everything I could for him. His father died in 2009.”

His aunt Nozuko Somaguda, who lived with Yamkelo in Norwood, said looking for the friends was traumatising.


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