Nolundi Ludidi

Photo: Supplied by SAPS

Nolundi Ludidi: Eastern Cape police still in search of kidnapped woman

Nolundi Ludidi was last seen driving from Tsolo, Eastern Cape on Saturday, 31 August.

Nolundi Ludidi

Photo: Supplied by SAPS

Police in the Eastern Cape have ramped up operations to locate Nolundi Ludidi who has been missing for four days.

Who is Nolundi Ludidi?

According to police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni, Nolundi Ludidi is a 30-year-old female from Tsolo, a small town that falls under the Mhlontlo Local Municipality, in the O.R.Tambo District of the Eastern Cape.

Captain Tonjeni revealed that while it is hoped that Ludidi is still alive, fears have mounted over her well-being, especially after the recent spate of attacks on women that have stricken fear in South Africans.

“Eastern Cape SAPS have condemned acts of violence, attacks and murder of women in the country and also in our province,” Tonjeni said.

The last time she was seen alive

Nolundi Ludidi was last seen alive in Tsolo, on Saturday, 31 August. There isn’t a lot of detailed information on what she was wearing nor have investigators released details about what car she was driving.

However, authorities are certain that there is a suspicion of foul play in the 30-year-old’s disappearance. Captain Tonjeni admitted that the investigation is currently at a very sensitive stage so, at this time, they are very wary about publishing a lot of information that may hinder the progress of the investigation.

“A [missing person case], later changed to a case of kidnapping, was reported at Tsolo SAPS but is now being investigated by a very experienced team of detectives from King William’s Town. They have been searching for clues and following leads including searching bushy surroundings of Bisho without success. The investigation is at a very sensitive stage,” Tonjeni added.

Tsolo community urged to not take the law into their own hands

Tensions in Ludidi’s community have risen and police fear that they may take matters into their own hands. The province’s top cop, Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga has urged the Tsolo community to remain calm and allow investigators the time and space to conduct their business of trying to locate Ludidi.

“Our members and detective teams remain hopeful and optimistic for a speedy breakthrough in this investigation,” she said.

Ludidi is the woman featured in the cover image of this article. Anyone with useful information on her whereabouts — or anything else that could lead to a breakthrough in the investigation — can contact the following persons:

  • Captain Wanele Ndinisa: 082 441 9240; or
  • Sergeant Luxolo: 082 387 5337

Police have assured those who do come forward that “all information will be treated confidentially.”