Arrest close in Limpopo child murders

2012-09-25 14:31

Polokwane - Detectives are close to making an arrest in connection with the murders of three children in Mookgopong, near Modimolle in Limpopo, police said on Tuesday.

"The process is moving well. We are tying up loose ends and hope to make an arrest," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

Brothers Bafana Kekana, 9, and Hosea Richard Kekana, 10, and their cousin Johana Kekana, 12, were found dead in Mookgopong (formerly Naboomspruit) on August 18.

They had been stoned to death. Bloodied stones, covered by a blanket and tree branches, were found near their bodies.

They were still wearing their school uniforms and their hands and feet were bound with shoelaces.

The girl, Johana, had been raped before being killed.

They 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.

  • jomardl - 2012-09-25 14:40

    Who does this??? Can't believe I'm saying this but I hope the community catches the killers before the cops.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-09-25 15:10

      answer to your first question only a savage with no brain or feeling, secondly i can beleive i am saying this "me too" hopefully they will get stoned themselves very small stones so they can suffer to the end.

      shabir.ahmed.7796 - 2012-09-25 15:23

      This is such a sad story...the poor children..

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-25 15:24

      I would prefer to see some sort of legal punishment done in public on TV. Severe public punishment is needed to act as a deterrent. The problem with our system is the huge time between crime and punishment - would be criminals must see what will happen to them.

  • carole.small.96 - 2012-09-25 14:45

    Not before time. They may be orphans but they still have rights. Children should NEVER be used in any protests. We learnt nothing from the 1976 riots when the Petersen boy was killed. Leave kids out of adult fights. \r\nWe have to do more to protect our children!

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-09-25 14:45

    Child killers and rapists deserve to be stoned to death.

  • victor.mabule - 2012-09-25 15:41

    This killers are having it easy in SA coz they know that they will be well fed in prison if they are caught bring back death penalty crimes like this will be a thing of the past

      pierre.w.brouard - 2012-09-25 16:16

      Victor in fact there is no clear evidence that the death penalty is a deterrent (and a US review of all the research shows this - see a summary here: Not only this, in countries which have the death penalty and complex review and appeals procedures (because we always have to make sure we don't kill innocent people) it can take decades for these appeals procedures to run their course, effectively making the sentence life without parole! Also, you have to have a whole machinery of people to carry out the death penalty - administrators, prison officials, medical staff to do the injection or certify death - and decisions to be made about whether the family of the murdered person(s) can watch the execution. These things raise many complex ethical debates. If you read the life stories of people who carried out official executions, almost all of them are damaged psychologically by the process. In the end, it just makes more sense to sentence people to life without parole, in extreme cases.

      edward.d.beesley - 2012-09-25 17:42

      Pierre, the whole point is that we don't care if the DP is a deterrent or not: We just want these sick organisms removed from society permanently, and retribution. They must have no chance whatsoever of parole, amnesty, or whatever. And I can gaurantee you that the DP permanently deters those sentenced to it from ever committing their dastardly deeds again. The system puts the right people and methods in place to kill these people. Following your reasoning, what about people that work in abatoirs, funeral parlours, vets, etc.? Are you saying we should just accept that a certain percentage of us will die the most horrific and violent deaths imaginable and leave it at that? I really don't know how you can even contemplate keeping humans alive that are capable of doing such terrible things as what these poor children suffered. I find that amazing.

  • susan.paul.330 - 2012-09-25 16:08

    How close, one day, two months or 2 years after these crimes are commited???

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