SAHRC probing children’s murder

2012-10-23 13:42

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is still investigating the disappearance of three Limpopo foster-home children found dead in Mokgopong, an official said today.

“We cannot speculate on the timeframes regarding the investigations as there are many role-players in the process. We want to be in the same boat when we conclude the matter,” said the commission’s spokesperson Isaac Mangena.

Police and social workers are probing the disappearance of brothers Bafana Kekana (9) and Hosea Richard Kekana (10) and their cousin, Johana Kekana (12), who were found dead near the Constantia resort in August.

The Kekana children had been stoned to death.

Police said bloodied stones, covered by a blanket and tree branches, were found near their bodies.

They were reportedly last seen on August 15 during a protest demanding that vacant teachers’ posts be filled at their school, Dikobo Primary.

Mangena said the commission was investigating possible negligence on the part of the guardians of the children, who were housed at the Mantadi Youth Care Centre.

“We are speaking with various people who include those who knew the kids, social workers and neighbours,” he said, adding that the commission had powers to subpoena anyone to court should it establish culpability.

“We can take anyone to court, but for now we don’t want to pre-empt the outcome of investigations.”

Earlier, DA member of Parliament Mike Waters said the party had brought the matter to the commission’s attention.

“The DA strongly believes that the deaths could have been avoided if their disappearance was reported to the police earlier,” he said.

Mangena said the commission began its investigations after the matter was reported in the media.
Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said today that no arrests had been made.

“Nothing concrete has come out so far, but that doesn’t mean we are just sitting. Our task team is still working hard on the matter,” he said.

A R100 000 reward was still on offer for useful information on the case.

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