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Kids' murder case frustrating cops

2012-10-30 14:01

Johannesburg - There has been no major breakthrough yet in the investigation into the murders of three children in Mookgopong, near Modimolle, in August, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

"Not yet, not yet," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said. "This case is very frustrating."

He said the police were still looking for the children's murderers and that he could not disclose details of the investigation.

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, Johana, had been raped before being killed.

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 SA Human Rights Commission is also investigating the murders.

Last week, SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said the commission was probing possible negligence on the part of the children's guardians.

A reward of R100 000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the killers.

Comments
  • lownabester - 2012-10-30 14:13

    This is one of the saddest stories.

      bruce.williams.1044186 - 2012-10-30 14:28

      Disgusting news. Some people are dogs and don't deserve to walk the streets!! I hope they catch these people.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-30 14:23

    This is absolutely terrible. If there can be a once-off contribution towards a state DNA data base, we can have every person in this country analysed and documented and then crimes like these do not have to go unsolved, especially since there is DNA evidence available off her rape kit. I would pay such a fee gladly. This country will be a safer place and surely our conviction rate would improve and the guilty can be where they belong sooner rather than later without unnecessary delays in court cases.

  • Sphiwe - 2012-10-30 14:44

    But if it was a celebrity or one of corrupt mp. Right now someone would be arrested so gov does'nt care about who are they.

  • briana.scott - 2012-10-30 15:02

    These poor children were violently murdered and whilst they were alive nobody cared enough to notice or report them missing. They were gone 3 days before their bodies were found. It is disgusting that our youth are treated with such disregard by the very people who are supposed to be looking/caring after them. I truly hope the youth home is being criminally investigated for this. How many children could have gone missing from there over the years with no reports and no-one will know because their bodies might never have been found.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-10-30 20:37

    South-Africa as a nation we have failed our children.

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