Mchunu condemns ‘cruel, senseless’ murder of girl (7)

2015-03-10 00:00

TRANSPORT, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu has expressed shock and anger at the “heinous murder” of a seven-year-old girl who was killed at Mandlakazi, outside Durban, last week.

Philiswa Ngidi was snatched and ­murdered after intruders entered her home last week.

Reports say that Philiswa was with her family last Wednesday when a group of armed men stormed into their home.

The men locked the family in the house and escaped with Philiswa.

When her family managed to escape, they discovered Philiswa’s lifeless body near the gate. She had several wounds, the nature of which could not be confirmed. It was unclear if any of her family were injured, or anything was taken from the home.

The motive for the incident has not yet been established.

Mchunu condemned the murder, ­describing it as “cruel, senseless and ­inhumane”.

“This diabolical deed is extremely shocking, objectionable and unjustifiable, and we shall monitor the case until there are arrests and convictions.

“It is always painful and saddening to lose any life, but it is even more painful when a young life is lost in such a cruel manner,” he said.

Mchunu added he had been assured that police were working around the clock in this matter.

“While I am equally outraged by this incident and understand the gravity of the situation, I appeal to the community to observe calm and restraint, and allow the police to continue their investigation.

“We also plead to whoever might have information as to who is responsible for this heinous deed to share it immediately with the police.”

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