The body of a four-year-old boy, Mpendulo Ngcukani, who was reported missing on Saturday, 30 July 2022 was found next to the N11 Road near Middelburg, about five kilometres from his parents’ house today, Friday 9 September 2022.
A search was immediately launched by police with the assistance of community members with no success.
The investigating officer decided to involve the services of other police units to intensify the search. With the assistance of Police Mounted Unit, Police Divers and Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS), the lifeless body of Mpendulo was sadly located not far from his home.
Police are currently investigating an inquest docket with an aspiration to determine the cause of death, whether he died naturally or not.
The Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has been saddened by the child’s death and has sent condolences to the child’s family. The General has taken this opportunity to caution parents to always be on high alert with regard to the whereabouts of their children, ensuring that do not play without adult supervision. “I strongly believe our investigators will dig more information and bring forth more details, leading to the discovery of his body,” said Lieutenant General Manamela.