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Search on for ‘kidnapped’ KZN teen who got forced into a vehicle at school

Police in Newlands East are seeking assistance from the community in tracing kidnapped KZN teen Mmeli Ngcobo of Castle Hill.

KZN teen

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KZN Police in Newlands East are seeking assistance from the community in tracing kidnapped 17-year-old Mmeli Ngcobo of Castle Hill. It is alleged that the teen was forced into a vehicle at school after he took one of his classmate’s cellphones.  


It is alleged that on Wednesday 17 February 2021 the teen had taken a cell phone belonging to his classmate at a school in the Newlands East area. 

“The classmate did not report the incident to the school principal but instead informed his parents. The parents then came into the school and approached Mmeli Ngcobo without permission from the principal and requested that he return the phone. Mmeli Ngcobo was given until Monday, 22 February 2021 to return the phone,” said SAPS Colonel Thembeka Mbele. 

“On the same Monday at approximately 14:30, after school had finished, the classmate and two adult males in a gold or silver Mercedes Benz approached Mmeli Ngcobo and slapped him a few times and forced him into the vehicle,” added Mbele. 

The vehicle drove off into the direction of Castle Hill Drive, however, the registration number of the vehicle is still unknown at this stage. KZN police said one arrest has been made with regards to the alleged kidnapping, however, the teen has not yet been found.

We appeal to anyone who may have seen or are aware of the whereabouts of Mmeli Ngcobo since his disappearance on Monday afternoon, to please contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer  Denver Ramdhunee on 031-574-714/079-696-3706 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.


Apart from the KZN kidnapping, police in the Western Cape recently raided a house in Paarl that was the subject of an investigation into alleged kidnappings. A drug bust was also made in the process. 

SAPS spokesperson FC Van Wyk said the raid was conducted after police received information relating to numerous kidnapping incidents. 

“Yesterday morning at approximately 4:00 members of the Mbekweni Crime Prevention Unit received information about the whereabouts of suspects linked to kidnapping cases which occurred in Paarl,” he said.

“They proceeded to a house in Project 2 area and during the search, 16 tik bags weighing 1 504.43 kg and five bags of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of about R1.5 million were found and confiscated.”

Van Wyk said a 33-year-old foreign national was arrested and detained at Paarl SAPS.