‘At war with its future’

2018-07-26 06:00
Uyathandwa Stuurman

Uyathandwa Stuurman

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Another week. Another rape and murder of a minor, a girl child.

That is the lot of a Khayelitsha family now after the gruesome find of the remains of Uyathandwa Stuurman (5), in an open space where she had been dumped after her alleged rape and murder.

Until then, she was last seen on Monday afternoon playing in the company of other small children at her grandmother’s house in Makhaza.

When she was found, she had multiple stab wound and lacerations to her upper and lower body.

A broken John Mvula, her grandfather, was so devastated by the death of his grandchild that he wailed loudly for all the world to hear, calling on authorities to do something about “a country that is at war with its future”.

However, he described Uyathandwa as a jovial and bouncing girl.

“She was so active and nice to everyone. I am so hurt. I don’t have words. But I want the law to take its course and the suspect to rot in jail,” said Mvula.

He said they found Uyathandwa dumped on an open field near the area with multiple stab wounds on her body.

“She was raped and stabbed several times on the upper body,” he sighed.

Provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed the incident and said the police have arrested a 33-year-old man.

“According to information provided, a five year old girl went missing after she had been playing at her grandmother’s residence (on Monday) evening. The child left for home but she never arrived. The community started searching for her and her clothes were found near a shack. Her body was found shortly thereafter,” said Rwexana­.

“A preliminary investigation has led to the arrest of a 33-year-old man. Once he has been charged for murder and rape he will appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court,” she said.

Rhwexana added that police management encourages the community to join hands with the police in protecting children from ruthless criminals who prey on them.

Khayelitsha Development Forum’s Ndithini Tyhido has urged men to unite and stand up against the killing of women and children.

“This is so sad. What kind of a person kills an innocent child? (As men) we need to unite and say in one voice ‘not in our name’ because this is really traumatising,” he said.

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