Missing man’s mom gives DNA sample

The start of the route Nick Frischke took onto the Hangberg hiking trail to the Karbonkelberg. he sign warns not to hike alone.

The investigation into the disappearance of German tourist Nick Frischke in Hout Bay continues with his mother visiting Cape Town last month to provide a DNA sample, say police.

The case against five men linked to Mr Frischke’s disappearance has been postponed to Friday July 28 for a regional court date.

Jenna Frischke came to Cape Town on Tuesday June 20 to find out about the search for her son, see where he went missing and provide a DNA sample, said Hout Bay police station commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Jerome Syster.

Igshaan Fisher, Jason Abrahams, Vanroy Petersen, Carlo Guenantin and Melvin Guenantin, appeared in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday March 6 facing charges of aggravated robbery, according to Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila.

The 22-year-old firefighter from Brandenburg is believed to have come across the five men while he was hiking on Hangberg. The five accused have admitted to robbing Mr Frischke, who went missing on Wednesday February 15.

The five men also appeared by video link from Pollsmoor prison on Thursday May 4 and again on Tuesday July 11.

The Frischke family have not lost hope that Nick will one day be found and returned home. They have asked a public-benefit organisation, Action Society, to oversee the police and private investigations.

Action Society did not respond to our repeated requests for an update.

“Missing” posters continue to hang from lamp posts around Hout Bay offering a R20 000 reward from an anonymous donor for concrete information on Mr Frischke’s whereabouts.

Lionel Human, who runs a Hout Bay B&B, said he sits with guests and tells them about places they should not visit on their own.

“They are then free to ask questions. I even offer to drive them to certain places such as The Bay Harbour Market on a Friday night,” said Mr Human.

Andreas Peschke, the German ambassador-designate to South Africa, Lesotho and eSwatini, did not respond to emailed questions by deadline.

If you have information about the case, call Captain Mbongo Gatyana at 082 469 2576 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.