Community want justice for murdered child

2017-06-09 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketoCommunity members outside the Maluti Magistrate’s Court

Photo: siphelele nketoCommunity members outside the Maluti Magistrate’s Court

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ON March 2, 2014 Naledi Letshela (7) was found murdered in the forest at Rhwabha village near Maluti, and no one has been arrested for the crime.

Community members and Naledi’s mother Mamoroetsan, picketed outside Maluti Magistrate’s Court recently demanding that police investigate the case.

“On March 1, 2014 in the evening Naledi disappeared from home. She was found the next day after community members searched for her with community dogs in the forest. Naledi’s body was found naked with stab wounds,” said Mamoroetsan.

At first police arrested a suspect, but he was released after police found no evidence against him.

The man was also found murdered on May 15 in the village and police arrested five community members, including a community leader, and charged them with his murder.

Those arrested were released on R1 000 bail each by the Maluti Magistrate’s Court on May 22.

The community is blaming the SAPS for arresting community members for the allegedly murder of the man instead of arresting suspects linked to Naledi’s murder. Councillor Sikhombuzo Vikwa said crime very high in the village and blame police for not doing enough. He said Naledi’s case was opened years ago, but no feedback about how the investigation is going has been issued.

He said the community is now fighting crime themselves by searching for stolen goods in the village, without the assistance of the SAPS.

“Thugs target women and children in the village and use firearms to threaten them. Police don’t act quickly when we report that our lives are at risk. We want police to do regular patrols and respond quickly when we need them,” said Vikwa.

Police spokesperson, Raphael Motloung said Naledi’s case is still under investigation, and no arrests have been made yet.

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