Search ends in tragedy

2016-04-13 06:00
NATEFO SEGOJE (15), whose body was found in the drain of a primary school.  FPhoto: Supplied

NATEFO SEGOJE (15), whose body was found in the drain of a primary school. FPhoto: Supplied

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THE community of Kuruman is still reeling from shock and trauma after the decomposing body of Natefo Segoje (15) was found in the drain of a primary school close to her home.

Natefo, a gr. 7 learner of the Seodin Primary School, had been missing since February, without a single suspect arrested.

The body was discovered when the drains at the Mapoteng Primary School were opened to investigate the cause of the school’s blocked toilets.

Natefo’s mother, Masabata Segoje, last saw her daughter on Saturday, 27 February, when she gave her permission to attend the Desperado Bikers event in Mothibistad.

The man who was last seen with her (and who is known to the family), is nowhere to be found since the day after he had gone to her house to inform the parents that he was the one who had accompanied her home the night before.

A missing person’s case was opened at the Mothibistad Police Station on 3 March.

The family has revealed that this man, who is the only lead in the case to find out who might have killed their daughter, has aroused their suspicion.

“He is the one who made us edgy when he came to us, even before we started looking for Natefo.

“He is the one who answered her cellphone when we called it after the whole day’s search,” said Doreen Bokgwa­thile, family spokesperson.

“He told us that he had received a call from Natefo, who had asked him to fetch her, as she was stranded without transport in Magoja­neng.

“We also hear that she had been offered a lift by this man.”

According to Bokgwathile, the man had told them that the car that he had given Natefo a lift in, along with two other girls, had run out of petrol and had been pushed to the nearest yard before he had offered to walk Natefo and another girl home.

“He never brought it to our attention that he had Natefo’s phone with him.

“We were also shocked when he answered the phone on the day. Thereafter, he switched it off.”

The family have already identified the body and is waiting for a post-mortem to be conducted before Natefo can be laid to rest.

“We are still asking ourselves who would want to harm such an intelligent soul, but we will allow the police to do their job and we hope to be strong enough to close this chapter.

“She had so much to live for, as she wanted to assist her unemployed mother and her father, who is self-employed.”

The family have announced that an official funeral service would be held Friday (15/04).

The family hopes their sad experience will have a pro-active effect in protecting children, especially young girls.

“Never wait for too long before you know the whereabouts of your child. If we had only acted faster and gone to look for our child immediately, when we realised she was in a crisis, maybe we would have saved her.”

Natefo leaves behind both her parents and her older sister.

Her teachers told Express Northern Cape that she had been an intelligent and clever learner who had always done her schoolwork.

She had respect for herself, looked after herself well and was very neat.

The Kuruman police confirmed that the body of a missing girl had been found at the Mapoteng Primary School on Tuesday, 5 April, and that the body had been positively identified by the family.

Lt. Bashoabile Kale stated that a case of murder was being investigated and that no suspect had been arrested.

“We have positive hints on the case, but we encourage the community to contact the Mothibistad Police Station with any leads in this case,” requested Kale.

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