Soweto teens case postponed

2014-02-24 19:29


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Johannesburg - Two teenage boys arrested in connection with the murder of two Soweto schoolgirls appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Magistrate Ugashnee Gangadu in the children's court postponed the matter to Wednesday for further investigation.

Proceedings were being held in camera as the boys, both 16, are minors.

The teenagers had their feet chained together. They wore jeans and sweaters.

Earlier, they had their faces exposed when they arrived in court. They used newspapers to hide their faces when they were led out of court.

The two face murder charges after Thandeka Moganetsi, 15, and Chwayita Rathazayo, 16, were found dead in a field in Dobsonville last week.

The girls were dressed in George Khosa Secondary School uniforms and had cuts on their hands and necks.

Three black candles and two new razor blades were found at the scene.

One of Rathazayo's school friends cried outside of court after seeing the boys.

Rathazayo's uncle, Phumzile Booi, said earlier that Rathazayo had marks on her hands and would hide them from the family.

"She had marks, as if a sharp object was used on her arms... but she would not show them to anyone," he said outside the court.

Rathazayo was a good child, loved sport and competed in swimming at provincial level, he said.

"She was obedient. She and Thandeka were very close. She actually wanted us to adopt her friend so that they could stay together."

Relatives of the boys refused to speak to journalists.

The girls would be buried in Dobsonville on Tuesday.

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