Furore over child

2019-07-31 06:02
Naledi Chaka. Photo supplied

Naledi Chaka. Photo supplied

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The death of a little girl, Naledi Chaka (4), whose body was discovered abandoned in a pit-toilet in Thaba Nchu, has sparked a furore.

Sgt Marin Xuma, police spokesperson, said the parents of the girl reported her as missing on 21 July. She went missing while playing with her friends outside her parents’ home in Zone 2, Selosesha.

The friends reported that a tall man, who was on foot, lured Naledi away by promising her sweets if she accompanies him. This was the last time they saw her alive.

A bad omen presented itself when Naledi’s clothes – blue pants, a grey and pink jacket as well as black running shoes – were discovered three streets away from her home.

This led to the shocking discovery of her body in the pit-toilet.

The gruesome find of the child’s body on Friday (26/07), followed an intensive search and investigation by the police.

A breakthrough came with the arrest of a potential male suspect. He was nabbed on the day the body of the child was retrieved from the pit-toilet hole in Selosesha.

The suspect is a 36-year old nurse.

He is well-known, as he is a professional male nurse.

He briefly appeared in the Thaba Nchu Magistrate’s Court on Monday (29/07) following his arrest.

Xuma said an in-depth investigation was ongoing into the death of Naledi, whose body was discovered dumped in a pit-toilet in the yard of the suspect.

“A post-mortem was being conducted as part of the investigation into the death of the child. Forensic investigation will further determine cause of death. There is prima facie evidence that the child was raped. We are awaiting forensic results for a conclusive report into the death of the child,” said Xuma.

Members of the public have reacted angrily to the child’s death, which has sent shockwaves through the Free State community.

The community are already calling for the court to deal harshly with the suspected perpetrator in an effort to curb the crime onslaught against vulnerable children.

Mandla Innersoul Ramolahloane reacted on the Express’ Facebook page: “Whoever is liable for this horrible murder, deserves to be killed, not locked behind bars.”

Winnie Mabaso lamented: “Some people are evil.”

Xuma said the suspect was facing charges of kidnapping, murder and rape of Naledi. He said the suspect remains in custody while further investigation was ongoing.

The suspect is expected to reappear in court on 7 August to apply bail.


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