You can’t catch me, PMB child’s killer taunts cops

2014-09-03 00:00

A HUNTER wanted for the cruel and gory murder of a four-year-old child outside her school, yesterday played hide and seek with the police.

Police have asked The Witness not to reveal his name as they work to track him down.

The man, who shot the little girl’s aunt — his fiancée, Thandeka Shezi (26), this past weekend — told her other aunt, Nozipho Shezi (20), that he has a hit-list of people he plans to kill and afterwards he would commit suicide

As police yesterday searched his home in the Mafunze area near Elandskop, he called Nozipho, telling her that police wouldn’t find him there. He taunted her, telling her they wouldn’t catch him, even if they used a helicopter.

Police employed different tactics to trace him, including using GPRS co-ordinates.

Londeka Shezi was slain outside Hemuhemu Primary School.

A traumatised witness, who asked not to be named, said: “He called the child by her name and acted as though he was going to give her money.”

Londeka ran to him and he pushed her down to the ground with his knee. He took out a knife and stabbed her once on the right side of her neck and twice on the left side.

“It was horrible,” the witness said.

She said the school principal then rushed her to the nearby clinic but she apparently died on her way there.

Londeka’s mother was too distraught to speak to The Witness.

Locals described the man as a hunter who was quite familiar with all the caves in the area. They believed he was watching the police search from the hills nearby.

Nozipho Shezi believes the violence stems from a love quarrel.

“He first broke into our house on Saturday night and shot my sister in her cheek. She was transferred to [a KwaZulu-Natal hospital] after it emerged that the bullet was stuck inside her jaw,” said Shezi.

“He also threatened to kill me but I thought that was behind us because we had a family meeting to resolve the problems,” she said.

Weeping, Shezi said the man had called her twice yesterday asking her to come and check on little Londeka.

She reported his call to the police and later learnt that her niece had been murdered.

The Shezi family complained about the poor response from the police in attending to the shooting incident on Saturday.

They believe that if police had acted faster, the man would have been arrested for attempted murder and the child would have been saved.

Shocked parents at the school came to fetch their children as soon as they heard the tragic news.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said two cases of murder and attempted murder were being investigated.

KZN Department of Education spokesperson, Sihle Mlotshwa expressed shock at the brutality of the murder of the four-year-old.

He said they hoped the law would play its role in bringing the man to book.

“On behalf of the MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, we would like to send our condolences to the family and pupils who witnessed this cruelty this morning,” said Mlotshwa.

He said he could only imagine what Londeka’s class-mates must be going through and said the department would arrange for counselling for pupils to try to help them cope with the horror they witnessed.•

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