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Court clears gallery for kids' appearance

2012-11-16 12:28

Johannesburg - Members of the public were on Friday removed from the Mookgopong Magistrate's Court's public gallery for the appearance of six murder-accused minors, as required by the Child Justice Act.

The court applied the act, which advocates that the case be held in camera as the accused are minors.

The six were arrested on Thursday for the murders of three children in Mookgopong, Limpopo in August.

The accused were aged between 12 and 14, and face three charges of murder and rape.

Five of the six are apparently homeless.

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

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

The decision by the court to empty the public gallery was met with anger from the public.

Josephine Lekalakala, who arrived early to book herself a seat, said she was not aware that a law would prevent people from observing the case in court.

"I do not know anything about the Child Act and do not care about that, I am here to see the suspects."

Comments
  • ulandi.potgieter - 2012-11-16 12:33

    Well lets hope justice gets served.

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-16 13:01

      Kids that age raping??? And even murdering...??? I don't care if they are so young! Hang the bastards!!!! Bring back the death penalty already!!!

      jody.beggs - 2012-11-16 13:11

      Yip just ignore why they do what they do , just kill the F$%6er's ... Are you xian by any chance ... There is a bigger problem here , society , these kids are taught to be violent and to rape ? Who are he teachers of this behavior ? Damn the man.

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-16 14:16

      @ toby.strong.9 - Just ignore him... I do not even waste my energy replying to atheists like him. They always want to insult Christians like myself by telling us that we believe in fairy tales and that God does not exist etc etc... It's funny that we Christians never make fun of them for having no religion, but yet they find it compelling to make fun of us. I guess they are seeking for that one answer from the Christians that will prove that God exists so that they could also convert to Christianity. Unfortunately, we cannot prove it. We just believe full-heartedly that our Saviour does exist!

      makgale.makgalemele - 2012-11-16 21:21

      SA has become so violent that the perpertrators has become role models.Remember what COSATU did in JHB city centre during their marches through SAMWU? AMCU in Marikana? NUM in Burgersfort,Limpopo? SADTU? We are so violent, it is not surprising to breed violent offsprings. This country needs cleansing and leadership that will guide and behave as mentors. As a young person I need to pick someone in the community and say that I want to be that person. There is none at the moment. There is no use to study for you can be successful by getting tenders from govt and make a lot of money. Then why go to school if Matome from next door is rich despite not getting beyond Primary Level ( eish by the way thus OBE, no CAPS have those Bantu Education levels ). Like those kids, we are all dead. Peace Unto their Souls!!!!

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-11-16 12:42

    Sick, evil little douchebags

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-11-16 13:19

    I am horrified!!!!lost for words!!!!where will it all end!!!

  • bongohead.sipho - 2012-11-16 13:34

    Release them into the safe keeping of the community. They will give them necklace justice.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-11-16 13:53

    Try them as adults, little psychopaths!

  • sagin.verity - 2012-11-16 13:54

    What The F is wrong with south africa? This is not a place to be proud of.

  • keith.recore - 2012-11-16 14:13

    finally! I wonder what else these suspects have done elsewhere? so many uncared for, not surpervised youth, shame! I can't imagine how terrible the last few minutes of those childrens life was. so many tears!

  • carol.otto.94 - 2012-11-16 14:30

    Bring back the death penalty - hang the little bastards i dont care how young they are do the crime face the punishment

  • prezz.omar - 2012-11-16 16:46

    Death penalty!! Lets start a petition.

  • sasekile - 2012-11-16 16:57

    This is getting out of hand, three incidents this week about killer kids. They don't deserve to walk amongst us, they deserve to rot, they are no kids, they knew exactly what they were doing

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