Dad happy with police action after murder

2008-03-12 00:00

Police have done a quick about-turn in terms of their investigation into the murder of nine-year-old Nombuso Nhlangulela, who was found dead in Merrivale last week.

Her father, Themba, told The Witness yesterday that he is satisfied that his daughter’s murder is now getting the police attention it deserves.

Police were accused of not reacting promptly after Nombuso was reported missing, four days before she was found murdered.

"The police have mobilised a team and have experts on board and I have been told that it is being handled at a provincial level. Crime intelligence is also involved in the investigation. They are keeping me up to date with the investigation, although there is nothing concrete yet."

He said that, although police attention to his daughter’s murder does not change anything, at least they are now being vigilant.

"We need to catch those responsible for Nombuso’s death, because if they are still out there, it means others could be in danger of going through what we have experienced."

A sense of outrage at the alleged poor response of the police when Nombuso went missing is being expressed by locals. One source said Howick police are not "up to scratch".

Nhlangulela said he is very grateful for all the support.

"We are still in a lot of shock and are trying our best to cope, but we have received a lot of empathy and support from the community. Her school and different church organisations have helped with food and money. People have also phoned us and offered assistance and prayers."

Merrivale Spar is facilitating donations to help the family. Owner Rick Parou told The Witness that the initiative was prompted by his customers talking about the murder and the state of shock in the community.

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