Khayelitsha murder suspects' shacks torched

2017-05-03 18:55
Shacks in Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

Shacks in Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Three shacks belonging to the people arrested for the murder of little Iyapha Yamile in Khayelitsha were burnt down by people enraged by her death, a ward councillor said on Wednesday.

African National Congress councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni said this was after residents had dropped everything on Sunday afternoon to look for the little girl when she was reported missing.

According to Mngxunyeni, when the alarm was raised, a loudhailer search was organised for her.

"People drove around the neighbourhood, calling for her through the loudhailer and saying: 'If you know where she is, please bring her to us, or take her to her parents, or take her to the police.'"

Mngunyeni said the loudhailer search had continued until just after 00:00.

Iyapha's parents had left the house on Monday morning to go and search for her again.

But shortly after they left, her body was found dumped near the house.

"They brought the body in a blue plastic bag," said Mngxunyeni grimly.

He believes somebody must have been watching the house, because when Iyapha's parents left their home to carry on looking, the blue bag was not there.

Mngxunyeni said the girl's death was a terrible shock.

The last time she was seen, she was playing with the 4-year-old daughter of one of the suspects' girlfriend.

'Angry'

On Tuesday, the police announced that four suspects had been detained for Iyapha's murder. They were expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, but at the time of writing the outcome was not yet known.

But Mngxunyeni said the community was so angry about what had happened that they wanted the suspects banished from the area.

One is allegedly a tik dealer.

The councillor left when things calmed down, but later on Tuesday, the three shacks were torched.

"The community did not even let them go in and fetch any personal things, they were so angry," Mngxunyeni said.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz urged parents to be "extra vigilant" about their children on holidays and long weekends.

He said the harming, abuse or murder of children had no place in SA.

He called on the police to build a watertight case to get the people who killed Iyapha sent to jail, and for the community to help the police.

Social workers were also sent by the department to support the family.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/News
 

8 great natural remedies for your pet

Tips and tricks to cure your pet’s itches and coughs, naturally.

 
 

Paws

Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
11 animals before and after they were adopted from shelters
Competition pet grooming – creative or too extreme?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.