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Alleged Limpopo child killers homeless

2012-11-16 10:42

Johannesburg - Five of the six children arrested in connection with the murders of three children in Limpopo are believed to be homeless, police said on Friday.

"One of the teenagers arrested is a scholar [pupil] and the other five are apparently street children, but police are still investigating whether that is true or not," said Brigadier Hangwane Mulaudzi.

The teenagers were arrested on Thursday following investigations that began in August after the killings.

Mulaudzi said the six were aged between 12 and 14, and would face three charges of murder, and rape.

The bodies of brothers Bafana Kekana, 9, and Hosea Richard Kekana, 10, and their 12-year-old cousin Johanna Kekana were found in Mookgopong on August 18. They had been stoned to death.

Johanna had been raped before she was killed. The three were wearing their school uniforms and their hands and feet had been bound with shoelaces.

Bloodied stones, covered by a blanket and tree branches, were found near their bodies. The children were last seen alive on August 15, during a march to demand more teachers at their school, Dikobo Primary.

They lived at the Montadi Youth Care Centre. The arrested boys apparently lived in the same area.

Mulaudzi said the arrested children were taken to a place of safety while investigations continued. They were expected to appear in the Mookgopong Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Mulaudzi said local residents came forward with information. A reward of R100 000 was promised for assistance. He said the community was shocked by the news.

The motive behind the killings was still not known.

Comments
  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-16 10:49

    Absolutely no future for these kids, they are seriously damaged human beings.

      bradh.quaide - 2012-11-16 13:26

      Agree fully! What has been done to try and protect these "street/homeless" children? Where is the department of social development and department of health? I'm pretty sure the department of social development got something like R100 billion, what have they done with the money, just handed out grants, 'cause it has certainly not gone to helping people in Limpopo! Where are the social workers and the community? I'm tired of seeing small children starving and begging and stealing on street corners in every City, Town, Villiage, and informal housing. Someone needs to be held accountable for keeping these kids safe and off the streets. This whole story breaks my heart!

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2012-11-16 10:49

    Those poor children were murdered for no reason

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-11-16 11:37

      My heart goes out to them, first they had to watch as their cousin got raped & then they had to watch as each one got stoned to death knowing full well they were next. May their souls rest in peace.

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-16 10:51

    Homeless don't give you a reason to kill!!!

      rodney.currie.79 - 2012-11-16 11:15

      Toss them into prison, then they will have a home .

  • Antipoaching - 2012-11-16 10:52

    They must be put through the criminal justice system as adults!

  • godesha - 2012-11-16 10:56

    Shocking, so young and already murdering and raping.

      ulandi.potgieter - 2012-11-16 11:20

      it is shocking it just makes you wonder who do they learn this from as they are homeless?

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-11-16 11:03

    There will be the odd bleeding heart liberal who will try and justify these children's actions, with their homelessness and tough life - but really, sometimes, by the time the problem is discovered, too much damage has been done to the mind, and no recovery or repair is possible. How awful, that there is no hope of re-building these children, and no place for them in society. Jamie Bulger's killers were a perfect example of permanent psychological damage, and inability to fit within a normal society.

      delish7564 - 2012-11-16 11:36

      True, but they were given new identities so at least they could try and start again unlike his parents, especially his Mum, who will live with this heinous crime for the rest of their lives....won't bring their little boy back. It makes me sick that these people seem to have more rights and excuses made for them than the victims. Many people have horrible childhoods, but they don't go out and rape. There are NO excuses that make these murders understandable or acceptable, I don't care what the liberal thinkers say..........they are part of the reason the world is as it is, with no-one taking responsibility for their actions, no discipline and no respect. End of rant!!

  • lelanie.prinsloo - 2012-11-16 11:03

    Burn the bastards!!!! SICK OF THE CRIME!!!! At 14 you know the difference between right or wrong!

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-16 11:15

    Being homeless doesn't make them angels . They should face a firing squad for all I care . I have kids of my own and I imagine them running into this miscreants on his way from school or play grounds . Monster with a good future thanx to our useless laws raising them in the so-called place of safety on our tax money . Why didn't the authorities protect the victims before they were killed by this thugs ? They were busy fighting to get to Mangaung !

  • buti.lembe - 2012-11-16 11:18

    Those kids are not deserved to be kept under parents guidence. They should be out from that community.

  • Jane - 2012-11-16 11:24

    What kind of country do we live in, where children rape and murder each other?

  • Mamokwee Rathipa - 2012-11-16 11:28

    Being homeless is not a licence to commit crime (kill). They are criminals and they must be treated as such.

  • warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-11-16 11:41

    Whomever allows these monsters to roam free one day will have the blood of their victims on their hands, coz trust trust me, some stupid officials will set them free.

  • angelique.p.ervin - 2012-11-16 12:10

    This is just it... There is no motive... There is no motive substantial enough for these 'children' to go and find 'validity' to kill other innocent children and rape and innocent little girl... The motive was purely evil, just pure evil pulsating through these so called children. You can blame poverty, lack of parents, government who ever but there is no playing the blame game when it comes to murder and rape, especially as a kid.we are all born with a sense of right and wrong whether its taught or not, and we all have a natural conscious to tell us what to and not to do.its not science. These 'kids' are just evil

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-11-16 12:26

    Evil little bastards. They should be hung. If they're this bad now what are they going to be like when they're older.

      frank.carr.182 - 2012-11-16 13:39

      they will become politicians

  • Jenny Angela Roxanne Maijanen - 2012-11-16 12:30

    where do these kids learn to rape and murder.SA lives up to its reputation even the children are becoming criminals.So sad to see children doing this.

  • angela.nair.3 - 2012-11-16 13:45

    This is so sad! I was following this story but not for 1 minute did I think the murderers were children? These kids have been failed by society! Where were the NGO's and Social workers in the area? The nature of the crime was vicious - Raped and stoned? One has to feel for the murdered kids and the murderers - also kids! Limpopo again... They all so busy enriching themselves they are blind to the poverty and suffering that surounds them! And Mr Malema's Youth League? Do they do walkabouts to see what is happening? I cant even harden my heart to the murderers.. But kids are emulating adults who turn to violence when nothing pleases them?

      Piet Pompies - 2012-11-16 13:57

      Why do we have to feel for the murderers, because they are homeless kids, if they stole bread to eat its would be different, but murder is murder, they should also be stoned to death.

  • rochelle.kruger.14 - 2012-11-16 14:15

    every day when i read news24 there is a horrific story of rape and murder i am not reading for a week just to get psychological treatment i am having a feeling of hopelessness now.

  • Msika - 2012-11-16 14:35

    WTF is wrong with teenagers these days?? They rape, they kill, they stab each other, they murder their teachers, they murder their parents, they steal. If these are the children we are raising, the future looks bleak for poor SA.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-11-16 16:28

    Off with their heads get rid of these parasites.

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