Chilean tourist miss­ing in KZN

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - SIPHELELE BUTHELEZI siphelele.buthelezi@inl.co.za

A TOURIST from Chile who was on a “soul-search­ing” jour­ney has gone miss­ing.

Slavko Yaskin, 29, known as Kaka, spent more than a month ex­plor­ing north­ern Kwazulu-na­tal be­fore he dis­ap­peared. He was last seen on Septem­ber 25 in Dundee, 300km north­west of Dur­ban, where he stayed at a Chris­tian mis­sion house be­fore he left for Un­der­berg.

Pas­tor Pe­ter Ham­bridge, with whom he stayed, said he met Yaskin by chance while he was pass­ing the mis­sion.

“We work with home­less peo­ple. He came to us on the evening of Septem­ber 20 and stayed for the week­end.

“He was fine, and well-equipped for camp­ing. He said he had trav­elled through­out South Africa and even slept on the streets in Hill­brow.”

Ham­bridge said Yaskin was em­ployed, earned money and felt he needed to ex­plore life.

Yaskin was meant to have boarded a flight back home this week.

His fam­ily have tasked IRS Foren­sic In­ves­ti­ga­tions to search for him.

In­ves­ti­ga­tor Chad Thomas said Yaskin had hiked through­out the prov­ince and stayed “with any­one”.

“He fell in love with the African cul­ture and was trav­el­ling to dif­fer­ent parts of north­ern KZN to learn as much as he could. He wanted to stay with the peo­ple and learn about their cul­ture, he even took a bath in the river for the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“He chat­ted with his fam­ily of­ten, and when he stopped com­mu­ni­cat­ing, his fam­ily be­came wor­ried.

“He didn’t board the flight and the fam­ily are now dev­as­tated. We are calling on the pub­lic to re­port any in­for­ma­tion they may have.”

He said there is an undis­closed re­ward to be given to any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Yaskin.

A miss­ing per­son’s re­port has been filed with the po­lice, but the Sun­day Tri­bune was un­able to con­firm this at the time of go­ing to print.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call IRS in­ves­ti­ga­tor Chad Thomas at 0861 911 IRS (477) or email chad@irsa.co.za

SLAVKO YASKIN

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