JOHN MATAMBU SAGA TIMELINE

By Sodwana Bay

Today, 16 June marks 3 MONTHS, (92 days!!) since John Matambu was taken from all of us on Sat 16 March. Our hearts just ache ❤‍🩹.PLEASE SHARE THIS CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR JOHN!! NPA #DPP #SAPS #Hawks #Interpol #MozambiqueNPA 💔Sat 9 March: Convicted criminal Ferdi Visser (paroled halfway through a 3 year prison sentence) seen approaching Sodwana Bay on the beach, from Cozy Bay side (2 witnesses).💔Visser spent a week in Sodwana Bay Sat 9 March – Sat 16th trying to book a fishing charter. (Several witnesses).💔Visser tried to sell old clothing to staff at a bottle store (3 witnesses).💔Fri 15 March: Visser booked the fishing charter telephonically for himself, his wife (non existent), & child (non existent).💔Fri 15 March: He booked the charter using the FALSE NAME Andre Cilliers.💔Fri 15 March: Visser’s story was that he had a brain tumour, & only had 2 weeks to live. Stated that he wanted to go out to sea one last time for a few hours.💔Sat 16 March: 6am. Only Visser arrived for the charter. No wife. No child. (Several witnesses).💔Sat 16 March: John Matambu met Visser for the first time ever, on the boat, shortly before departure.💔Sat 16 March: Visser was carrying a backpack & a motorbike helmet. To go on a morning fishing charter!!💔Sat 16 March: Visser refused to allow the boat assistant who helped him to board the boat, to hold his helmet. Said it was very valuable. (1 witness).💔Sat 16 March: Our John Matambu & Visser left Sodwana Bay together on the boat called Magnum Too.💔Sat 16 March: 10:50am John phoned to say that he was at Island Rock, that they had caught 2 fish, and were turning back to drive home to Sodwana Bay.💔John said that after beaching the fishing boat, he would meet Janine at 2:30pm at Maak n Jol for a drink.💔John did not sound strange or different. He was happy, & coming home. He did not suspect what was about to happen, while he reeled the fishing rods in!!💔Sat 16 March: 11:25am. Our John’s phone lost all contact with all cell phone towers approximately 35 minutes after his last ever phone call (John’s phone must have been put in his pocket after the phone call, & when he went into the water)💔Sat 16 March: 11:30am – 2pm. Several phone calls made to John to confirm his location went unanswered. Concern mounting.💔Visser was described by locals as “the dodgy character in town”💔Sat 16 March: John never arrived home. He was always punctual. You could literally set your watch according to John’s boat approaching Sodwana bay.💔Sat 16 March: 2pm. Concern sets in as John didn’t return. Search vehicles drove up the beach towards Mozambique to look for the boat on the water.💔Sat 16 March: 2pm NSRI Search boats deployed.💔Sat 16 March: Aeroplanes deployed to search for John.💔John never arrived home. The family were notified that a search was underway.💔Sat 16 March: Witnesses saw the boat being driven recklessly near Mozambique. Clearly John was not driving the boat anymore by then.💔Sat 16 March: The convicted criminal traded 2 of the fishing rods from the boat, for a nights accommodation in a hut in Mozambique, (not far from where the boat was torched), & some food.💔Sat 16 March: Missing person case opened.💔Sun 17 March: Massive search by countless fishermen, who all took their boats out to search for John.💔Sun 17 March: The torched abandoned boat (& an empty petrol canister next to it) was found on a remote beach in Mozambique. And then, deep down, we knew!! Everyone feared the worst, but never spoke the words.💔John has never been seen again.💔Mon 18 March: Vissers identity & a photo is released on social media. Thousands of people shared it.💔A massive social media manhunt followed. Many false sightings. Many false leads.💔Tues 19 March: Our family scammed out of a large sum of money by a person offering to share “information” with the family.💔 Thurs 21 March: Ferdi Visser spotted in Mozambique, several hours travel away from the boat, & correctly identified by a Good Samaritan called Victor. Visser taken into custody in Mozambique, still wearing his backpack & still carrying his helmet.💔Thurs 21 – Tues 26 March Visser held by Mozambique authorities!💔Tues 26 March: Visser brought back to SA. Held in Manguzi.💔Tues 2 April: Visser charged with fraud at Ingwavuma Court.💔Thurs 18 April: Case postponed.💔Tues 23 April: Case postponed💔Mon 20 May: Murder charge laid at Mbazwana police station by the family.💔Tues 21 May: Visser beat his head against the police van en route from Empangeni to the court in Manguzi. Police van turned back to take him to hospital.💔Tues 21 May: NPA issued a statement saying that “the Fraud case against Visser be withdrawn, as he was not brought before Court in compliance with the Extradition Act, Act 67 of 1962. Further, investigation is also outstanding in respect of the Fraud” (Basically, the authorities did not follow procedure when bringing him back to SA).💔Tues 21 May to date: The accused Ferdi Visser is currently remanded in custody in Qalakabusha Prison due to a parole violation.💔Visser has to serve his original sentence, until Aug 2025.💔Several other charges laid against Visser by other victims are pending.💔John has never been seen since he took that convicted criminal out to sea!!💔Our John’s body has not washed up. How do we go on? How are we to cope? It’s simply unbearable. ❤‍🩹THREE MONTHS LATER & WE HAVE NO CLOSURE.❤‍🩹JOHN GONE 92 DAYS ALREADY.❤‍🩹VISSER WAS DELIVERED TO THE AUTHORITIES ON A PLATTER 87 DAYS AGO!!❤‍🩹THERE IS NOT ONE CHARGE AGAINST VISSER CURRENTLY!!❤‍🩹WE SEEK A CHARGE OF MURDER AGAINST FREDERICK THOMAS VISSER!!(Thank you to Johann Bezuidenhout for the magnificent Matambu Forever sticker) 🙏🏼 #JusticeForJohn #JohnMatambu #johndercksen #justice4matambu #thelegendofsodwana #tightlinesmatambu


John Matambu – latest update!

By Sodwana Bay

HOW DID THE BOAT JOHN LOVED SO MUCH, BECOME HIS COFFIN 💔11 weeks ago our beloved John Matambu went out to sea on this magnificent boat, never to return home to his family, his loved ones & his friends. PLEASE SHARE TO BRING JUSTICE FOR JOHN ⚖. We want & deserve the truth.FERDI VISSER KNOWS WHY JOHN IS GONE!!!HE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED.HE KNOWS WHAT HE DID TO OUR JOHN ON THIS BOAT❤‍🩹On Thursday, our dear Petro Madsen hiked across the dunes in Mozambique, along with a film crew, to bring back this photo, and a small piece of the MAGNUM TOO boat for us, so that we will have some ashes to scatter when we face the awful truth of burying our darling John. Our hearts are not healing. How can they?? John’s remains lie somewhere in these waters which he loved so much. How did John die?? We need the truth, as the nightmares are unbearable.On Wednesday night, until nearly midnight, a big tough fisherman sobbed for nearly 2 hours on the phone with me. The call began with “Today has been really tough on me. I’m feeling really lost. Can you chat”. PEOPLE ARE HURTING! We are ALL hurting. A COMPLAINT HAS BEEN LAID WITH THE DPP, for withdrawing a case without solid reason. We await their response. We await a murder charge!! We will fight for justice until justice is served! JusticeForJohn #JohnMatambu #johndercksen #tightlinesmatambu #thelegendofsodwana CriminalFerdiVisser


John Matambu – VISSER INJURY DRAMA

By Sodwana Bay

CHARGES WITHDRAWN CASE BUNGLED VISSER INJURY DRAMA FRIENDS SCREAM FOR JUSTICE PLEASE SHARE FOR JOHN We’ve left the Manguzi court. Visser self injured by beating his head against the police van en route from Qalakabusha prison in Empangeni. He had a large police escort. He was planning to escape as he did not want to face John Matambu’s friends & family. As he was bleeding heavily, he was taken to hospital, & then back to the prison. The case was heard in abstentia without Visser being present. CHARGES WITHDRAWN The charges against VISSER were withdrawn today in Manguzi. WHY!!!! HOW CAN YOU WITHDRAW THE CHARGES!! Visser is a convicted criminal. The charges were withdrawn because Visser was moved from Mozambique to South Africa “wrongfully”. EXTRADITION BUNGLED Visser was arrested on Thursday 21 March in Mozambique, thanks to the amazing journalists, the media, & the public who shared the story. He was handed on a platter to the authorities. All that the authorities had to do was to follow protocol in extraditing him to South Africa. The extradition was bungled. Protocol was not followed. As such there was no legal extradition of Visser. Therefore, today on 21 May 2024, MORE THAN 2 MONTHS AFTER JOHN WENT MISSING, the charges which were laid against Visser WERE WITHDRAWN. The NPA media spokesperson sent this to me: NPA MEDIA STATEMENT “Good morning. Please see below, the comment NPA is issuing re the case. The case against Thomas Fredrik Visser appeared in the Mbazwana Magistrates’ Court today relating to a charge of fraud alternatively theft. Since his first appearance last month, this matter was referred to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to establish if the correct procedures were followed to secure Visser’s appearance before the Mbazwana Magistrate’s Court. After investigation and consideration of the matter it has been decided that the Fraud case against Visser be withdrawn, as he was not brought before Court in compliance with the Extradition Act, Act 67 of 1962. Further, investigation is also outstanding in respect of the Fraud. The Investigating Officer has informed us that the accused is currently remanded in custody due to a parole violation. Natasha Ramkisson-Kara NPA Regional Spokesperson KZN Division” THE “POSITIVE” NOTE Because Visser broke his parole he has to go back to prison to serve the entire original sentence. He therefore remains in prison until August 2025. This buys us time. NEW MURDER CHARGE Yesterday, we laid a charge of murder! The original missing person charge will be converted to murder. All original charges may have to be brought again. So, we are back to square one even though our beloved John has been gone more than two months!!! A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON???? Visser received a Presidential pardon. That’s why he was free to take John. WHY WAS HE GRANTED A PAROLE & PARDONED??? HE HAD SO MANY PENDING CASES AGAINST HIM!! DID ANY ONE CHECK BEFORE GRANTING PAROLE? MR PRESIDENT?? More to follow. Typing as we drive. My edits will all appear on this post and on your shares of this post. #JusticeForJohn #JohnMatambu #spiritofsodwana #thelegendofsodwana #bringjohnhome #johndercksen #justice4matambu #tightlinesmatambu


John Matambu – Drama in the Manguzi.

By Sodwana Bay

Charges withdrawn in missing Sodwana Bay skipper case Drama in the Manguzi courtroom as charges in case of missing Sodwana Bay skipper John ‘Matambu’ Dercksen are withdrawn  1 minute read THERE was uproar in a packed Manguzi Magistrate’s Court this morning (Tuesday) as charges against the suspect in the case of missing Sodwana Bay skipper John ‘Matambu’ Dercksen were provisionally withdrawn. To add to the drama, the case was heard in absentia after Frederick ‘Ferdie’ Visser reportedly beat his head repeatedly against the inside of the police van en route from Qalakabusha Correctional Facility in Empangeni to the court. “He was planning to escape. He was bleeding profusely and had to be taken to hospital,” said Dercksen’s sister, Cherie Eilertsen. “The family is distraught. Seeing him face-to-face would have brought some closure for us, but he couldn’t even show up at court.” According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, the matter was referred to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), KwaZulu-Natal to establish if the correct procedures were followed to secure Visser’s appearance before the Mbazwana Magistrate’s Court. “After investigation and consideration of the matter, it has been decided that the fraud case against Visser be withdrawn as he was not brought before court in compliance with the Extradition Act, 67 of 1962. “Further, investigation is also outstanding in respect of the fraud. “The investigating officer has informed us that the accused is currently remanded in custody due to a parole violation,” said Ramkisson-Kara. In the meantime, the original missing person case has been upgraded after the family opened a murder charge against Visser. What is next for this case is that SAPS should continue with investigations, said Ramkisson-Kara. The Source: The Citizen


John Matambu – Drama Unfolded!

By Sodwana Bay

Certainly! Here’s the latest news on John “Matambu” Dercksen: Please note that this information is accurate as of the specified dates. If you need further updates, I recommend checking reliable news sources. 🌟


JOHN MATAMBU CASE POSTPONED

By Sodwana Bay

IMPORTANT: JOHN MATAMBU CASE POSTPONED. PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE (as so many people planned to attend the hearing on Tuesday & some are driving from far ) The Captain in charge of the investigation has informed the family this evening, that the case has been postponed and will not be heard on Tuesday 23 April. Hopefully we will see action the week after. As frustrating as this is for the family and for all of John Matambu’s friends, the authorities are leaving no stone unturned, and following up on every shred of evidence. DID YOU PERHAPS SEE ANYTHING? If you saw JOHN AT SEA ON SATURDAY 16 MARCH, or saw the Magnum Too boat before it was torched, either with John or VISSER driving the boat, please contact us urgently. We all know now that VISSER was wearing a bright red shirt. If you were near Island Rock from around 11am onwards, on Saturday 16 March, or the Mozambique coastline & can help us with any information, please reach out. We must disprove FERDI VISSER’s ridiculous version if we are to find justice for our John. Meanwhile, enjoy this precious video of my beloved brother John, always teasing, always laughing, always living life to the full. Oh God, how I miss him #tightlinesmatambu #johndercksen #JohnMatambu #bringjohnhome #JusticeForJohn