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Police seek community’s assistance


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

GQEBERHA - Police in Gqeberha are seeking the community’s assistance in tracing either the next of kin of deceased persons or suspects involved in serious crime.

In the first incident, on 03 March 2022 an unknown male was severely assaulted in the Gelvandale policing area. He was subsequently taken to hospital by ambulance and succumbed to his injuries. He is an African male in his thirties. No other information is available. At this stage, an inquest docket is under investigation. 

In the second incident, police are seeking the mother of a new born baby found dumped in a bin on 08 May 2022 at a fast food franchise in Cleary Park. The new born baby girl was found in a plastic bag inside a sanitary bin in the toilet. The umbilical cord was still attached to the child. The baby was in a partial state of decomposition and staff became suspicious after a constant foul smell lingered from the toilet. No other information is available and police have opened an inquest docket.

Anyone who can assist in tracing the mother of the deceased infant or may know of any person that is missing from their neighbourhood for some time, is asked to contact Detective Warrant Officer Edman Mandeka at SAPS Gelvandale on 078 370 9785 or 041 401 7032 or Crime Stop 08600 10111 or the nearest police station.

In another incident, SAPS Kwadwesi detectives are seeking the next of kin in identifying an African male between the ages of 25 and 30 whose body was found in bushes on 08 September 2022. It is alleged that at about 14:00 on the said date, police found the body in bushes in Winnie area close to Despatch. He sustained a gunshot wound to his head. The deceased was wearing a black beanie; orange, grey and navy blue track suit top; grey pants and black flip-flop sandals. A case of murder is under investigation.

Anyone who can assist in tracing the next of kin or in identifying the body, is asked to contact Detective Captain Shelley Shepherd at SAPS Kwadwesi on 041 405 4723 or 071 362 8707 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station. All information is confidential and callers may remain anonymous.


Colonel Priscilla Naidu
071 362 8726