Beloved KZN skipper still MISSING

Beloved KZN skipper John Matambu. Images: Facebook/JohnMatambu

Search still on for beloved KZN skipper John Matambu

The search for the missing KwaZulu-Natal North Coast skipper John Matambu is still ongoing. Here is the latest.

Beloved KZN skipper still MISSING

Beloved KZN skipper John Matambu. Images: Facebook/JohnMatambu

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


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. Visser was remanded into custody and is expected to appear back in court soon.

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: 

  • The unidentified man who 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 rumors 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.