Vigilantism could see in Kiki’s murderer getting away

2014-07-17 00:00

THE torching and looting of a church in Pongola hours after a toddler’s mutilated body was found, could mean somebody will get away with murder.

And while the family of Lungisani “Kiki” Ntuli have been enjoying the support of the Pongola community and political heads, they are outraged that the murderer may never see justice because of the vigilantism.

Kiki’s aunt Ntombi Ngubane — who was the first to raise the alarm three days before the boy’s body was discovered — said they want the culprit caught.

“We have never been happy with the burning of the church. We are worried no one will be arrested for this crime. Someone needs to go to jail for this,” she said.

Durban private investigator Sean Peirce, with more than 26 years in the business, said the likelihood of a suspect being successfully tried will be near impossible with the destruction of the crime scene. “By destroying the crime scene you destroy the evidence.”

Parts of the dismembered body of four year-old Kiki were found in a clinic on a property belonging to the St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission in Ncotshane township just outside Pongola on July 5. A photo of the boy’s body went viral the following day on various social media and messaging services.

Hours later the church precinct, which included the pastor’s home, church and clinic, was torched and looted. “It is difficult to know if the entire church precinct would have been mapped out and photographed before it was torched. But we know that while the police have good investigators they do not always have the required resources,” said Peirce.

He said samples should have been taken and sent for analysis. “I don’t believe they will find the suspect. They would need to get DNA on the remains of the child that links to the suspect. Any chance of a successful prosecution would rest on forensic science.”

He said the torching could have either been in anger, driven by possible suspects wanting to destroy evidence, or have been to cleanse the building.

Kiki’s funeral will be held on Saturday at Ncotshane Town Hall.


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