Hope of finding deaf son keeps Kwadabeka dad strong

Mdu Mbutho appeals to anyone who can help him find his son, Ndumiso who went missing in 2014.

THREE years have gone by since a deaf boy went missing, but his father, Mdu Mbutho, still has hope that he will find his son one day.

Ndumiso was nine-years-old when he went missing on 25 March 2014.

He was last seen playing outside his house in KwaDabeka (Lindela area) wearing grey school pants and a T-shirt with green and yellow stripes.

Mdu has started a campaign called Ndumiso’s Search Charity Campaign to find his son as he feels that he did not do enough to search for his child and he owes it to his siblings to bring their older brother back home.

“I have five boys and Ndumiso is the eldest and what kills my spirit the most is when his younger brothers see his picture and ask where he is and asks when is he going to come back home,” he said.

With his campaign, Mdu wants to visit orphanages, play with the children and take treats or a meal for them while searching for his son.

“The reason I am doing this, it because I understand the pain of losing someone close to you. I think they would appreciate that moment as I do not know if my son is being taken care of if he is still alive.”

He said in the research he has done over the years, he found out that because Ndumiso is deaf, anyone or a home would have kept him and gave him another name.

“Also, while we were looking for a nine-year-old boy, they could have given him another age based on his height,” explained Mdu.

Although Mdu believes that Ndumiso is still alive, but he is prepared for any news.

“I need to find my son, dead or alive, at least if I can bury his body. I would find closure, it is torture not to know what happened to him.”

Despite all the pain that Mdu feels about Ndumiso’s disappearance, he spends his time giving back to the community and getting children involved in arts and sports to keep them off the streets.

Together with Cop Trust they started teaching piano, drama and dance lessons at the Clermont Art Development Centre.

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Cop Trust, is an organisation that provides an opportunity for businesses and ordinary South Africans to make a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of others.

They also visit KwaDabeka Clinic once a week to hand out food to patients.

Mdu added that he will he also host Gospel concerts in different areas and wants to make T-shirts with Ndumiso’s picture on them to make it easier for people to spot him.

Anyone or company that can sponsor Mdu’s campaign or has any information about his son’s disappearance can contact him on 084 732 9424.



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Sanelisiwe Tsinde

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