Boy traumatised after horrific find

2014-06-30 10:08
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Mlondi Radebe, The Witness

Pietermaritzburg - An 11-year-old boy is struggling to sleep after making a grisly discovery over the weekend

The traumatised boy, whose name is being withheld to protect his identity, found a human skull while playing in a neighbour’s yard in Ashdown, Pietermaritzburg, on Saturday.

The rest of the corpse was later found by police in dense bush across the street in Kunene Road.

“He told us that at first, he thought it was a doll’s head but when he came closer, he realised it was a human skull,” said the boy’s mother.

“He called us but we did not believe him. We thought he was joking at first.

“But when the boy and his friends were shouting that it was a skull, I realised it was not a joke and I ran out. We all went out to see, then we called the police,” she said.


She said the police had told her to bring him for counselling.

She added that everyone in the neighbourhood was afraid following the discovery of the skull.

A resident, Mabusi Khumalo, told The Witness they do not feel safe because of the dense bush across the road.

Khumalo said the municipality should cut it down.

“It is a hiding place for criminals … People are being robbed of their cellphones then the criminals run into the bush,” said Khumalo.

The rest of the body was later found by the police search and rescue team across the road in the bush near a stream.

Body parts missing

Resident Skara Mokoena said parts of the body were missing. “Both hands were removed. We don’t know if he was killed here or if this place was used as a dumping ground,” said Mokoena.

The man was later identified as Simiso Mswane, 25.

His aunt, Masibo Mswane-Ngubo, said police called them after the discovery of the skull and the body to identify it, after they reported Mswane missing two weeks ago.

“He was last seen being taken away by two men who were assaulting him.

“But no one was sure why they were doing that and what the number plate of the car they used was,” said Mswane-Ngubo.

“We want to see justice done.”

Plessislaer cluster police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said they are investigating a murder case.

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