Reiger Park in shock as burnt body of boy found

2014-08-11 00:00

THE burnt body of a three-year-old boy from Reiger Park was found on a mine dump on Saturday.

Cuburné van Wyk had been missing since last Tuesday.

Police took his parents to the scene, about seven kilometres from their house.

“We were told it would be too upsetting to see his body, but the police said the takkies and jacket on the body they found were the same as Cuburné was wearing when he disappeared,” said mother Lizelle van Wyk.

The police told her the lower half of her son’s body was burnt and his head was bloodied and bruised as if someone had hit him with a rock.

Police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza confirmed the body of a little boy had been found, but said the child’s identity would only be confirmed by a postmortem examination.

She said no one had yet been arrested.

Cuburné apparently disappeared after a man his family knows well lured him away with biscuits.

“He was just a child and he spoke easily to people,” said his father, Elroy Peterson.

Cuburné was very fond of animals, and his beloved cat, Kietsie, disappeared the day before he did.

Peterson said a man called Chicken was seen by neighbours with Cuburné on Tuesday. “He’s a drug addict who sleeps in the bushes. No one has seen him since Tuesday,” said Peterson.

He was comforting his wife yesterday with stories about their son.

“I hoped until the end that we would see him again,” said a weeping Van Wyk.

She was relieved that his body had been found. “We don’t know the pain he suffered and I am grateful for that,” she said.

She said the Reiger Park community, still reeling from the death of Taegrin Morris, who was dragged for kilometres by a hijacked car, is sick of crime.

“I am glad the police found my child’s body, but they must root out the drug addicts, the murderers and the molesters,” she said.

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