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Sbu Nkosi in action for the Bulls. Photo: Backpagepix

‘Hope he’s safe’: Mzansi reacts to Sbu Nkosi’s disappearance

South Africans and the family of Bulls and Springbok winger Sbu Nkosi are worried about him as he disappeared three weeks ago.

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Sbu Nkosi in action for the Bulls. Photo: Backpagepix

Police are looking for Springbok winger Sbu Nkosi who disappeared three weeks, and the Bulls, for whom he plays is worried about the 26-year-old player.   

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City Press reports that Bulls CEO Edgar Rathbone confirmed this weekend that a missing person case had been opened for Springbok winger Sbu Nkosi and the police are involved in searching for him.  

It is believed Nkosi was last seen on 14 November at a team training session and a case was opened with the police in Sunnyside, Pretoria. An investigation is underway.  

“We have been at his residence, called all the numbers we had, and spoke to his family, but we could not reach him. His cellphone just rings [unanswered],” Rathbone said.  

“He was online on WhatsApp on one occasion but not again since then. We are definitely concerned about him, as any employer who hasn’t been in touch with his employee for three weeks would be.”  

Nkosi’s agent, Christian Abt revealed that he hasn’t heard from the rugby player either.  

“We have reached out to his family and we are doing everything we can to find him. Obviously, we are very worried,” Abt said.  

Sbu Nkosi. Image via Twitter @MzansiRugby

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The talented rugby player joined the Bulls in September after previously playing for the Sharks in Durban for a long time.  

Rapport reports that Nkosi has a discipline problem and has gone AWOL more than once, without any explanation.  

The player was reportedly sent back home two months ago, during the Bulls’ United Rugby Championship tour to Ireland, because he missed a team meeting in Limerick. Nkosi also missed the start of the Springbok tour in 2021 due to passport and visa issues.  

His brother Sanele Nkosi declined to talk to City Press when he was contacted about his missing brother. 


“Terrible news. Been keeping an eye on this story – I hope this ends in good news and he’s okay.”


“I pray that Sbu Nkosi is safe. Really worrying news man.”


“The Sbu Nkosi discussion is very much steering toward a concern over his mental health. The public news is that he has been missing 3 weeks with no contact whatsoever. Is there something we don’t about this whole situation?”

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