Delay in reporting slain kids missing

2012-10-11 10:45

Johannesburg - The Limpopo youth centre, where three children who were murdered stayed, only reported their disappearance two days after they went missing, Beeld reported on Thursday.

This was revealed in a reply to a Democratic Alliance parliamentary question about the disappearance of the three children from the Montadi Youth Care Centre in Mookgopong (formerly Naboomspruit).

The three, 9-year-old Bafana Kekana, Hosea Richard Kekana, 10, and their cousin Johanna Kekana, 12, were found stoned to death on August 18. Their hands and feet had been bound with shoelaces. Johanna was raped before being killed.

Mike Waters, DA shadow minister for social development, said it was imperative for Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini to authorise an investigation into the delay in reporting the children's absence to the police.

"They could possibly have survived if the police had been timeously informed," Beeld quoted Waters saying.

The children were last seen on Wednesday, August 15, during a march by their school, Dikobo Primary, to demand more teachers.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-11 10:49

    this is horrific , who stones a 9 year old?? so sad.

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-11 11:06

      Sick f%&king barbaric sub-human creatures! Thats who!!!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-11 12:24

      Savages !

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-11 14:02

      Or rapes a 12 year old!!. The teachers should be charged with child negligence. At least.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-11 10:59

    Absolutely terrible, I have no words.

  • mothakge - 2012-10-11 11:32

    Our systems are all out of hand, we have ill-informed police officers who would tell you to report missing people after 24hours as if you are reporting someone you do not know....if my kid is home at 14:00 daily for the past 9 years, y wouldn't i report them missing if their not home at 19:00 that fateful day?The police must rather investigate every case brought to them especially of missing children regardless of some semi-official protocol which then translates into unwillingness in the eyes of the person reporting and then a ripple effect gets to the community that then chooses to do the search and rescue themselves and when we fail because of a lack resources and expertise we run to the police oncemore but by then its too late.....SAPS needs a total overhaul...some sleep on duty, vehicles are out in tarvens some are having intercourse on duty...y must people then rush to report if experince or perhaps even hearsay tells you that you will not get any assistance at a PS....Its sad sad sad thats kids die this way and the cops were not the first to be notified because we all know you always find a clever cop at the front desk who always knows everything!

  • lebona.boitumelo - 2012-10-11 11:33

    disgusting and inhumane

  • keith.recore - 2012-10-11 12:46

    not reporting their disappearance indicates a serious trend how invaluable life has become in SA. People need to be shaken back to respecting human life, especially those who have little control over their own safety and care. SHAME on all those adults involved who failed these 3 children as well as those who are still failing childres well being. SHAME!

  • lielie.smit - 2012-10-11 12:52

    again, youth CARE centre, yet nobody cared, same as the care centre where patient raped other ptients. The whole purpose of care centres it to take care of the ones who can't take care of themselves, yet, these kids were taken, killed, and the CARE centre didn't CARE!!!!!!!!

  • gail.allanlutz - 2012-10-11 15:25

    The total lack of respect for human life and the protection of our children will be the downfall of this country! 'oh cry the beloved country'

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