Murdered boy's family: Cops ignored us

2013-11-06 10:54
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - The family of a murdered Ekurhuleni boy claim the police ignored them when they first reported him missing.

The family of Siphamandla Madikane, 10, denied police claims that although the boy went missing on Sunday, the family waited until Monday to open a missing persons’ case, The Star reported on Wednesday.

Madikane’s partly burnt body was found in a field in the Ramaphosa informal settlement on the East Rand.

Police believe he may have been raped as a used condom was found next to his body. Socks were stuffed into his mouth as well.

The little boy’s mother, Nokukhanya, had apparently phoned police when he did not return home from the shop with his friends. But she says the police never arrived.

The next morning, Nokukhanya and a neighbour took an early morning taxi to the Reiger Park police station to open a case and complained that the police did not turn up the night before when called.

Hours later, officers had still not arrived and the mother went again to the police station. One police officer and a dog were dispatched to help the community look for Siphamandla.

At 14:00 on Monday, Siphamandla’s body was found by a community member.

Police said an investigation was being done into the organisation’s handling of the matter.

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