KwaZulu-Natal police are questioning six men in connection with the disappearance of a teenager from Tongaat, north of Durban.
Nduduzo Andile Mbuthu was reported missing last week. A video, showing the 19-year-old Mbuthu injured and bleeding after allegedly being beaten, has gone viral on social media.
Police divers earlier retrieved a body from a river in the area and will be conducting DNA tests.
Some in the community are hoping for closure. Many seem to be certain that the body retrieved is that of the teenage boy, popularly known in his community as Bobo.
The community of Hambanathi gathered outside Mbuthu’s home to pray with his family.
The angry residents also protested outside the house of a person suspected to be involved in the kidnapping of the grade 12 learner, threatening to burn the building down.
The crowd dispersed after being warned by police.
Justice For Andile Mchunu.? pic.twitter.com/S5vbuMDq1Q
— MasuthaZN? (@LETHOWORLD) May 8, 2020
Ward Councillor Zanele Khumalo says people are demanding to be addressed by Police Minister Bheki Cele.
“They are not happy with the way the police station handled this matter. They are calling on the police minister to come address them. They have made that call. What is really painful is that police kept saying that there is insufficient evidence. All the suspects have been taken in for questioning. The community needs to calm down,” says Khumalo.
In the video below, the Tongaat community searches for Mbuthu:
We love you#SbahThePoet pic.twitter.com/U9dEl3KP88
— Sbahle Mgwaba (@sbahle_mgwaba) May 8, 2020
Andile (Bobo),sings for his little sister ibhanoyi by @blaqdiamond150 @ndu_browns……
Let us all remember him with this video in these tweeter streets ??
not the other one ??#RIPBobo ?#justiceforbobo ✊?
Azabenawe uMsakande Schoolmate ?. pic.twitter.com/jL1jBT2MAC
— #JusticeForBobo #RIPBobo (@BonganiMsweli5) May 8, 2020
His mother’s name on his arm, his caption. Lord be with lamzali ?#RIPBobo pic.twitter.com/Pl0WHfG6Ig
— Gryffindor (@ZikhonaMissJay) May 8, 2020