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News in brief - Date: 10 September 2018
Written by: Andries van Zyl / Viewed: 1117
Limpopo police have urged the public to assist them in locating a 5-year-old boy and a 43-year-old man who went missing over the weekend in two separate incidents.
Police issued a missing persons alert on Sunday after the 5-year-old Khaya Restoration Rikhotso from Hoveni village at Maake outside Tzaneen went missing at around 17:00 on 6 September. It is alleged that the grandmother saw the child playing at the gate inside the yard. Later, when she checked on him, she discovered that he is nowhere to be found.
“The victim was wearing a blue jean and red vest with grey and blue stripes without shoes at the time of his disappearance. Anyone with information about his whereabouts, may contact Colonel Cecil Machimane at 082 451 7181 or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the crime line SMS 32211 or the nearest police station,” said provincial police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe.
In another missing persons alert on Sunday, police said that they are also looking for the 43-year-old Mr Ramudzuli Eric Tshisamphiri from Mukula village outside Thohoyandou.
According to the police, Tshisamphiri was last seen on 7 September in the morning after he had informed his family that he was departing to Morebeng (Soekmekaar). “Since then, Ramudzuli has not returned home and several attempts to locate him were unsuccessful,” said Ngoepe. Tshisamphiri was last seen wearing a pink shirt, brown trouser and black shoes.
“Anyone who might know his whereabouts should contact Detective Sergeant Makhavhu on 015 960 1000, 076 440 4336 or 072 709 2351,” said Ngoepe. Alternatively phone the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or SMS crime line 32211 or visit the nearest police station.
Missing: The 5-year-old Khaya Restoration Rikhotso. Photo: Limpopo SAPS.
Andries joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in April 1993 as a darkroom assistant. Within a couple of months he moved over to the production side of the newspaper and eventually doubled as a reporter. In 1995 he left the newspaper group and travelled overseas for a couple of months. In 1996, Andries rejoined the Zoutpansberger as a reporter. In August 2002, he was appointed as News Editor of the Zoutpansberger, a position he holds until today.