Kids' murder case frustrating cops

2012-10-30 14:01
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Johannesburg - There has been no major breakthrough yet in the investigation into the murders of three children in Mookgopong, near Modimolle, in August, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

"Not yet, not yet," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said. "This case is very frustrating."

He said the police were still looking for the children's murderers and that he could not disclose details of the investigation.

Brothers Bafana Kekana, 9, and Hosea Richard Kekana, 10, and their cousin Johana Kekana, 12, were found dead in Mookgopong (formerly Naboomspruit) on August 18.

They had been stoned to death. Bloodied stones, covered by a blanket and tree branches, were found near their bodies.

They were wearing their school uniforms and their hands and feet were bound with shoelaces.
The girl, Johana, had been raped before being killed.

The children were last seen alive on August 15, during a march to demand more teachers at their school, Dikobo Primary. They lived at the Montadi Youth Care Centre.

The SA Human Rights Commission is also investigating the murders.

Last week, SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said the commission was probing possible negligence on the part of the children's guardians.

A reward of R100 000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the killers.

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