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Urgent Appeal for Information on Missing Sipho Mhlafu in Mahikeng

Published December 26, 2023
7 months ago

The tight-knit community of Lethabong in Mahikeng is grappling with the unsettling disappearance of 28-year-old Sipho Mhlafu, with local authorities and family members issuing an urgent appeal for any information that can assist them in locating him.

The North West police, alongside Mhlafu's distraught family, are working around the clock to uncover his whereabouts after he was last seen on the morning of 16 December. His sister, Nondladla Mhlafu, reported that she had left Sipho at home around 11 am on the said date but found him missing upon her return in the evening. The alarm was raised the following morning when there was still no sign of Sipho and repeated attempts to contact him by phone yielded no success.

In an effort to shed light on the case, police have gathered that Sipho was spotted at the MNS, a local drinking establishment in Virginia, in the company of two women. Intriguingly, these are the same two individuals who were seen with him during a prior hospitalization for depression.

Police spokesperson Stephens Thakeng confirmed the commencement of a missing person investigation and highlighted the gravity of the situation, given Sipho's mental health history.

With the community’s help, police hope to piece together the puzzle of Mhlafu's sudden disappearance. Detective Warrant Officer Bertus Olivier of Thabong Serious and Violent Crimes has been assigned to the case and is the point of contact for those who might have valuable information. He can be reached at 082 885 5271, and individuals wishing to provide tips can also contact CrimeStop anonymously at 08600 10111 or through the MySAPS APP.

The collaboration between law enforcement and the local community is critical in cases such as these. Time is of the essence, and with each passing day, concern grows for Mhlafu's wellbeing. Sharing information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could prove pivotal to bringing Sipho Mhlafu back home to his loved ones who await his safe return with bated breath.

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