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Durban - The body of a South Coast teenager has been found in a shallow grave.

Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said 17-year-old Thando Madlala was last seen by a friend on Wednesday.

Her body was found at Masinenge informal settlement on Friday by locals and the police.

Zwane said it appeared Thando had been stabbed and her throat had been slit.

Five-year-old Qophile Cele has been missing for three weeks.


In a separate matter, 5-year-old Qophile Cele, from Mehlomnyama near Port Shepstone, on the South Coast, was last seen by her grandmother while playing outside her home at the end of August. The search for Qophile has entered the third week.

Zwane said Qophile had been wearing a red jacket, blue plastic shoes and grey tracksuit pants at the time of her disappearance.

He pleaded with residents to come forward with any information and to contact Warrant Officer Zorro Cele at 039 695 3000 or 079 347 4392, or call Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

The Pink Ladies, an NGO that works with families of missing children and adults, said parents should report missing children immediately to the police, taking along a recent photograph of the missing person. “Parents should never take their eyes off their little ones,” she said.

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