Missing man found dead in bushes in Booysens Park


The body of Abongile Rungq, who was recently reported missing, was found deep in the bushes in Booysens Park.


Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said community members who were looking for bush medicine discovered the body of a man on Thursday.

“Community members who were looking for bush medicine spotted Abongile hanging from a tree. Police were notified later that evening.”

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Naidu said Rungqu was positively identified by his father.

Abongile Rungq was 26-years-old.

“A case of an inquest was opened.”

Rungq was reported missing on Tuesday, 14 September 2021 from Jansen Street in Booysens Park.

According to police information, Abongile Rungqu was last seen by his father at his aunt’s house in Booysens Park.

“Abongile resides with his aunt. His father alleged that on Monday, 13 September 2021, at 12:00, he visited his son as he heard that he displayed suicidal tendencies in that he attempted to hang himself.

“His father spoke to his son, who promised to go to the doctor the same day.”

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She said that same evening, at about 18:00, the father was informed that Abongile left a note saying that he was going to church.

“At about 20:00, it is alleged that Abongile called his mother and informed her that he was walking around in the bushes between St Albans and Booysens Park.

“He promised to go home but never did. His phone is on voicemail.”


Looking out for a friend or loved one is an important part of preventing suicides.

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) there are 23 suicides a day recorded and 230 serious attempts South Africa.

“You can call SADAG to talk on behalf of a loved one, colleague, or friend. Trained counsellors are there to help and refer you to local counsellors, facilities and Support Groups.”

Here are the numbers 0800 21 22 23 (8am to 8pm) and 0800 12 13 14 (8pm to 8am) or SMS 31393.

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