A second-year mechanical engineering UJ student who has been missing for weeks has been found in Cape Town.
University of Johannesburg (UJ) student, Ronewa Mamburu, who has been missing for over two weeks was found last Thursday in “a place of safety”, in Cape Town, according to his uncle. Justice Mamburu said he personally followed a lead to Cape Town and found Mamburu without the assistance of South Africa Police Service (SAPS) officials.
“I did my own investigation without any assistance from the police or anybody else”, Ronewa’s uncle.
According to the family, Mamburu, 19, was unharmed when he was found. Justice Mamburu said the family are allowing him time to settle down but he will be examined by a psychologist to check on his mental state.
Mamburu’s mother, Mkhumeleni Mamburu, said she is happy and relieved that her son has been found him safe. “I am very happy that we found him. I spoke to him over the phone yesterday and he sounds alright”, she said.
Mamburu is currently with his uncle in Welkom and the family say they have no explanation for his disappearance. “I didn’t want to ask him a lot of things at this point. I think he will speak when he’s ready and tell us what led him to leave without saying anything”, said Mkhumeleni Mamburu.
Mamburu, a second year mechanical engineering student, went missing on his way from his home in Limpopo to UJ’s Robin Crest residence at the Doornfontein Campus during the weekend of July 30.
A second year UJ student had been missing for more than a week now, and his family are still no closer to finding him.
A collage of images of missing UJ student Ronewa Mamburu. Photo: Facebook.
The mother of missing University of Johannesburg (UJ) student, Ronewa Mamburu says she is devastated by her 19-year-old son’s disappearance. Speaking to Wits Vuvuzela earlier today, Mkhumeleni Mamburu says ongoing rumours about the case are makes things worse. “I can’t explain how I am feeling … I didn’t even wake up today, something I am not used to”, says Mkhumeleni.
Mamburu, a second year mechanical engineering student, went missing on his way from his home in Limpopo to UJ’s Robin Crest residence at the Doornfontein campus during the weekend of July 30. He was last seen near the Gautrain train station in Johannesburg soon after disembarking the bus he was travelling in. According to reports given to the family, Mamburu apparently waited at the station for a friend while other passengers dispersed.
Mamburu’s uncle, Justice Mamburu, says the investigating officer has now received the relevant authorisation to access Mamburu’s phone and banking records to allow police to widen their investigation. Justice says he called Mamburu on July 30 and 31, but found that the missing man’s phone was off. “I called his mom to double-check if indeed he left home on Saturday. They told me he did and they couldn’t get him on his phone,” said Justice.
The family say they also followed up information from one of Mamburu’s friends that the young man had travelled to Pretoria to visit a friend. According to his uncle, Mamburu never visited his girlfriend and the friend later confessed to lying.
The case is being handled by the Hillbrow Police Station and the investigation into the phone and bank records, according to Justice Mamburu, is expected to last about a week.