Man (32) found with young boy’s skull

2018-04-27 06:00

A 32-YEAR-OLD man was found to be in possession of the skull belonging to Malwande Samo (11) of Mlolweni village in Harding, who was found dead near the Mtamvuna River on April 7.

According to police, Malwande and his friend were herding cattle in a field not far from his home when an unknown man approached them. The man allegedly asked Malwande and his friend to show him a plant that usually grows next to streams.

While searching for the plant, Malwande’s friend left him with the man to check on cattle on the other side of the stream, and when he returned he did not find them. He went home to report Malwande missing and community members searched until they found his body near the Mtamvuna River with his skull missing.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala described the incident as “shocking”.

Gwala said that on April 14, a man from the Esitezi area was found in possession of the missing skull. “The man was arrested immediately and appeared in the Harding Magistrate’s Court for murder on Monday and he was remanded in custody,” said Gwala.

Umuziwabantu Municipality Mayor Dixie Nciki from Harding said the community is still shocked by the incident.

She said most children from rural areas feel safe around strangers and now the spirit of ubuntu is gone for some men.

“It is painful to experience these kinds of incidents in rural communities where children are usually protected by the entire community. Children from schools and homes need to be warned not to talk to strangers,” said Nciki.

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