Teens held for brutal child murders

2012-11-15 22:24
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Johannesburg - Six teenagers were arrested on Thursday for the murders of three children in Limpopo in August, said police.

"They are being kept in a place of safety and will appear before the Mookgopong Magistrate's Court on Friday.. .," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

He said the six were aged between 12 and 14, and would face three charges of murder, and rape.

Brothers Bafana Kekana, nine, and Hosea Richard Kekana, 10, and their cousin Johana Kekana, 12, were found dead in Mookgopong on 18 August.

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 15 August, during a march to demand more teachers at their school, Dikobo Primary.

They lived at the Montadi Youth Care Centre.

Mulaudzi said the six teenagers lived in the area where the bodies were found.

The SA Human Rights Commission said in October that it was investigating the murders, and whether the children's guardians had been negligent.

- SAPA
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