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Hout Bay community out in full force to find missing Anothando Mhlontlo (3)

A helicopter is part of the search for the missing three-year-old boy in Hout Bay.

Volunteers help coordinate the search for missing three-year-old Anothando Mhlontlo in Hout Bay on 23 August 2020. Picture: Adrian Ephraim/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A helicopter is part of the search for a missing three-year-old boy in Hout Bay, made available thanks to donations from the community.

Anothando Mhlontlo went missing in Imizamo Yethu on Monday afternoon, and police have not been able to verify claims that the boy might have been kidnapped. They have also not shed light on community reports that a suspect had been detained.

Hout Bay community police forum chairperson Anthony Chemaly said on Thurday that community members and authorities were out in full force on Thursday after more than 800 people joined the search on Wednesday.

"At the moment we have dog teams out, a helicopter has been requested, tech teams in the community are following every single lead, all cameras have been checked, so everything's being looked at."

He said that the missing child's traumatised mother was being assisted.

Hout Bay community leader Kim Worrall said that various community structures and private companies were helping.

"We haven't had the search limited to this area, we've had this area fully covered, literally the beach, the dunes, private neighbourhoods, gardens, every parkland, green belt, this whole and area over to Sandy Bay."

NO ARRESTS YET

Police have been questioning people in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old Anothando Mhlontlo.

This as the community has banded together to launch a massive search.

The search for the three-year-old continues, with helicopters, sniffer dogs and dozens of volunteers assisting across Hout Bay and surrounding areas.

Angry residents have also gathered at the local police station, where they believe police have been questioning persons of interest.

The police's Andre Traut: "We are busy with an investigation and in the process, we are questioning people but no one has been arrested are charged with the disappearance of the boy."

Anthony Chemaly, the chairperson of the Hout Bay community policing forum: "At the moment, where I am, we are concentrating on the lost child part of it not the crime part of it because nothing is verified. We've had two private choppers up, we've had grid searches, we've got dog and Metro rescue searches at the moment because we're searching the mountainside of the area."

Meanwhile, another 12-year-boy has been reported missing in Milnerton, Joe Slovo, on Monday.

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