September 25, 2021 | Search continues for Cape Metropolis schoolgirl, 12, who went lacking on the subject of two weeks within the past


  • Lunamandla Sithonga has been lacking since 9 July.
  • The WCED says it obtained a anecdote indicating there may perhaps be not any such thing as a file of her arriving at college that day.
  • In accordance to her mother, Lunamandla never stayed faraway from college.

It has been practically two weeks since 12-year-feeble Lunamandla Sithonga left for faculty and went lacking.

Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana on Wednesday mentioned police had been following all leads, nevertheless there had been “no novel developments to anecdote at this stage”.

“The baby is quiet being sought,” she told Files24.

In accordance to a lacking person’s anecdote, Sithonga modified into closing seen on 9 July when she modified into dropped off at Eastville Main college in Eastridge, Mitchells Slow.

Provincial training department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond described Lunamandla’s disappearance as a “devastating and in actuality relating to” incident.

She confirmed the pupil modified into closing seen at college on Wednesday, 8 July.

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“The WCED obtained a anecdote indicating that there may perhaps be not any such thing as a file of her arriving at the college on Thursday, 9 July. All rookies enjoy to battle thru a screening route of sooner than coming into the college. Her title is now not recorded,” she mentioned.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the household and these which can be taking fragment within the quest. We’re hopeful that there will likely be a leap forward rapidly within the case.”

A psychologist and social worker had been at the college to provide improve, Hammond added.

South African Childhood Council (SAYC) Western Cape provincial secretary Zuko Mndayi mentioned it modified into saddened by the “protracted and unresolved case”.

She mentioned the SAYC had joined neighborhood searches in Mitchells Slow as nicely as Khayelitsha, the put Lunamandla lives.

Lunamandla Sithonga. (Supplied)

Lunamandla Sithonga.


“Despite the incontrovertible truth that the SAPS Dogs Unit and the neighborhood had been looking out within the bush field between Swartklip and Mew Manner Roads for over a week now, we are convinced that more sources are wished to verify what took narrate to her,” Mndayi mentioned.


“We call on more sources to be made accessible looking out for the young woman and for psycho-social improve to be equipped for her household.”

Social Pattern MEC Sharna Fernandez this week mentioned a crew of social workers had visited Lunamandla’s household.

“We’re calling on our communities to be our eyes and ears on the bottom. Please attain now not hesitate to contact the SAPS, or any diversified connected authority must you’ve got any records about Lunamandla.

“Furthermore, we would additionally eradicate to thank all people who has been working laborious and actively nice looking about the quest,” she mentioned.

“A dedicated crew of social workers would proceed to render psycho-social improve and diversified assistance to the relatives and neighbours who had been affected and left traumatised by the incident,” Fernandez added.

Affectionately is believed as Luna, her mother Anela told the Cape Cases that she had closing seen her daughter board her scholar transport the morning she went lacking.

After college, the driver had requested her if her daughter modified into residence in consequence of when he went to make a choice up her, he modified into told she modified into absent.

There modified into no file of her on the Covid-19 screening register or on the class register, Anela mentioned, and her classmates additionally mentioned she hadn’t reach to university.

In accordance to her, Lunamandla never stayed faraway from college, the newsletter reported.

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Tammy Petersen