Chilling images of murdered child’s dismembered body posted on Facebook

2014-07-08 00:00

CHILLING images of the dismembered body of a four-year-old KwaZulu-Natal boy are being circulated on Facebook and other social media networks, the boy’s family and police confirmed yesterday.

The stomach-turning images have even been sent directly to family members of the boy, found murdered in a church after going missing last Thursday.

The Witness has seen on Facebook a photograph that showed the dismembered head, two legs with the feet attached, a full arm and both thighs of what appears to be the body of Lungisani “Kiki” Ngubane (4).

Next to the body parts, which were lying on a concrete floor, was a plastic bag where the parts appeared to be have been kept before they were discovered in the Pongola church on Saturday.

The image is too shocking to be published, but yesterday a family member of Kiki confirmed the image was authentic.

“It is not good. It is not nice. I don’t like it,” said his aunt Ntombi Ngubane, who spoke on behalf of the family.

She confirmed that the photo was genuine, and said it first started circulating on Sunday.

And while police are concerned by how the photo entered the public domain, the Ncontshane community outside Pongola have already burnt down the house next to the church where the body parts were found.

The child’s family called the horrific murder “all too much”.

The Pongola police are investigating a case of murder.

While some of the online outage was directed towards the pastor of the church where the body was found, other Facebook comments focused on the tragedy.

“Why so cruel like dis to an innocent boy,” said one, while another said, “When I see things like this ... I ask myself what has happened to humanity ... but we are living at the end of time ... [sic]”.

Another comment read, “Jesus is coming very soon. Yaaa! Ne, cruelity and brutality on earth [sic]”.

Police say they are investigating the possibility that the body parts found may belong to more than one person.

The sudden spike in vigilantism in the community has seen the acting MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, make an urgent appeal to residents “to remain calm and not take law into their hands”.

Ngubane described the little boy as “full of smiles”.

“He loved his food and playing with cars. He would crawl into bed with me in the morning when his mother went to work. He was a happy child,” said Ngubane.

“My niece, the mother of the child, had to identify the body at the scene. She has not seen the photo but we have heard about them. Everyone, including members of my family, were sent the photo. No one knows who took the photograph.”

Ngubane said they were aware that a home was burnt down by the community in retaliation.

“Everyone in the community was there except us. We did not know it was going to happen.”

Recounting the day Kiki disappeared last Thursday, she said nothing was different.

“I had a nap with Kiki. He must have woken up and gone outside to play. When I woke up I thought he was playing with the other children. When I began cooking that afternoon, I started looking for him. The neighbours’ children told me Kiki had left with a man. We searched until it was dark and the next day. We asked everyone for help. The only place we did not go was the church where the body parts were found,” said Ngubane.

Posters of the child were quickly circulated, but by Saturday two boys made the gruesome find at the community church.

Dhlomo strongly condemned the murder, calling it “shocking and utterly disgusting”.

“How do you take a boy’s life in such a gruesome manner? This represents the lowest decline of morals and ubuntu. Already a high-level police delegation has been assembled to probe and get into the bottom of this murder.”

SAPS spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the public had already been to the scene before the police arrived.

“I am aware of the image being online. It is not fair on the family for such photos to be made public. This is really shocking,” said Zwane.

He said the pastor of the church — who has gone underground — was not a suspect but was wanted for questioning.

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