Ongoing Search for 3-year-old Anothando Mhlontlo Intensifies

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Three-year-old Anothando Mhlontlo went missing in Hout Bay on Monday afternoon and the search for the little boy has intensified after reports that community members spotted the little boy with an unidentified man in Hout Bay.

Leading the search is Kim Worrall, CEO of the performing arts NPO Amoyo in Hout Bay, they are supported by the community of Hout Bay who was out late on Wednesday night searching for the missing boy. She says they implemented various shifts through the night which continued throughout the day. The Pink Ladies organisation has also been involved in the search.

On Thursday, Worrall told Refilwe Moloto on Cape Talk that new information was received on Wednesday night. Community members claim to have seen a man, allegedly with the missing child, in the Imizamo Yethu area.

“We received some of the WhatsApp group messages in the Imizamo Yethu community and I noticed at 6.30 pm that messages came in that a man and the child had been spotted,” Worrall said.

She said that within the next 20 minutes several messages had come through indicating the direction in which the man was moving, which was reportedly towards the soccer field in Hout Bay.

Worrall’s husband, who is a paramedic, took medical kits and blankets with to search the area. “We said we need to go down there because if they do find the man and they do find the child we need to be able to see to the needs of the child as soon as possible before we can get other medics there,” she said.

She explained that community members claiming to see the man reported that he was wearing a black K-Way jacket and they later found a jacket matching that description in the search area.

Members of the community who claim to have seen the man have, unfortunately, not yet reported the sightings to police, she adds.

“To be honest, he could be anywhere but what we want to do is make sure…he is not hiding under one of the many wooden boardwalks because the drone would not have picked that up. So we need to research and be thorough and end today knowing every inch of Hout Bay has been searched,” Worrall said.

She has encouraged people to continue to use the hotlines with any information on the missing toddler.

“It’s been an absolute community effort.”