Beloved KZN skipper still MISSING

Beloved KZN skipper John Matambu. Images: Facebook/JohnMatambu

Missing skipper: Charge withdrawn against Visser 

The NPA said the charges have been withdrawn against Thomas Fredrik Visser in the case of the missing KZN skipper John Matambu.

Beloved KZN skipper still MISSING

Beloved KZN skipper John Matambu. Images: Facebook/JohnMatambu

Charges have been withdrawn against Thomas Fredrik Visser in the case of the missing KZN skipper, John Matambu. 


According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Regional Spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, Visser recently appeared in the Mbazwana Magistrates’ Court. 

He appeared in Court related to a charge of fraud, alternatively theft.

“Since his first appearance last month, this matter was referred to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), to establish if the correct procedures were followed to secure Visser’s appearance before the Mbazwana Magistrate’s Court.”

Ramkisson-Kara says.

They decided to withdraw the fraud case 

She said that after investigation and consideration of the matter, it has been decided that the fraud case against Visser should be withdrawn. 

“As he was not brought before the Court in compliance with the Extradition Act, Act 67 of 1962. Further, the investigation is also outstanding with respect to fraud.” 

Authorities are currently holding Visser in custody 

Ramkisson-Kara said the Investigating Officer informed them that authorities are currently holding the accused in custody due to a parole violation.

The search for the beloved KwaZulu-Natal skipper, John Matambu is still on.

People last saw Matambu on 16 March

Matambu went missing at sea on 16 March after taking out a client, believed to be Visser, from Sodwana Bay. The last contact with Matambu was at 11:30 when he reached the designated charter point.

Searchers discovered the torched remains of the Magnum Too, the boat Matambu and his client were on, beached near Dobela in Mozambique.

Last month, police made a major breakthrough in the case when they arrested the so-called client, Ferdie Visser.

Authorities made a major breakthrough with the arrest of Ferdie Visser

Based on the information provided, authorities deported him shortly before he appeared in court.

Matambu, whom locals call the “Legend of Sodwana Bay, went missing while on a charter with an unidentified man on Saturday afternoon, 16 March.

The following day, searchers found his 21-foot Yeld Cat ski boat, MAGNUM TOO, wrecked and burnt on a beach near the bay of Ponta Dobela in Mozambique.

Here is what we know about John’s disappearance: 

  • Freddie Visser chartered the boat was out drinking at a local bar in Sodwana Bay with Matambu and other skippers on Friday night 15 March.
  • He told them that he was terminally ill and his last wish was to go out on the sea with a boat.
  • Matambu reportedly took the unidentified man to Island Rock Beach on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 16 March.
  • At around 17:00 on Saturday, NSRI Richards Bay received alerts. This raised concerns about a missing charter ski boat, “MAGNUM TOO,” a 21-foot Yeld Cat ski boat, at sea, suggesting potential foul play.
  • On Sunday, searchers discovered the burnt-out remains of the ski boat wrecked and extensively burned out on the Mozambique coastline in Dobela, despite expectations for its return to Sodwana Bay on Saturday afternoon.
  • The two men onboard were missing.
  • The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) received a report at 22:00 on Saturday. It indicated that someone may have sighted the ski boat as far north as Santa Maria, near the Mozambique coastline.
  • On Thursday, 22 March, unfounded rumours circulated claiming that they had taken a “person of interest” in for questioning.
  • Local police authorities confirmed on Thursday that they were working closely with Interpol to facilitate cooperation between the two governments in the investigation.
  • The search for Matambu is still ongoing.