Police divers have fished out the bodies of two young boys went missing a week ago.
Seven-year-old friends, Linathi Ntshonga and Miyolo Gwinta were found in a dam metres away from their Khayelitsha home on Thursday.
Lungisani Ntshonga, 39, called the Daily Voice and said his son Linathi has been found.
“We have found their bodies in a dam, their clothes are floating. The bodies were not in sight, police divers had to be called in.”
Lungisani waited until 10pm for the remains of the boys to be retrieved.
Linathi’s mom Nokhanyiso Ntshonga, 39, says she was informed by laaities who went to swim in the dam on Thursday afternoon.
“The boys went to swim and apparently one saw buttocks floating and the clothes,” says the hartseer ma.
“They ran to tell the residents who informed us and when we got to the dam I recognised the clothes.”
Linathi and Miyolo were last seen on October 15, when they got into trucks moving people from Khayelitsha BM Section to Bosasa Mfuleni.
Lungisani says the boys never returned after that.
“We asked the truck drivers and they said the boys were dropped off on Mew Way with another group of older boys. They never made it back home.”
Police spokeswoman Brigadier Novela Potelwa says the bodies of the two children were found in a dam between Old Faure Road and the N2 highway in Mfuleni late on Thursday evening.
“Mfuleni police were alerted on Friday evening about clothing items that were seen floating in the water.
“When police divers were called out to the scene and the search commenced resulting in the retrieval of the bodies late in the evening.
“The two families identified the bodies as those of the two seven year old boys who were reported missing in Khayelitsha a week ago.”
She says the police have opened an inquest docket for investigation.
“Linathi Ntshonga and Miyolo Gwinta were reported missing in Khayelitsha a week ago. They were last seen a few kilometres from the dam,” Potelwa adds.
“Trauma counselling has been arranged for the two families.”