Teens held for brutal child murders

2012-11-15 22:24

Johannesburg - Six teenagers were arrested on Thursday for the murders of three children in Limpopo in August, said police.

"They are being kept in a place of safety and will appear before the Mookgopong Magistrate's Court on Friday.. .," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

He said the six were aged between 12 and 14, and would face three charges of murder, and rape.

Brothers Bafana Kekana, nine, and Hosea Richard Kekana, 10, and their cousin Johana Kekana, 12, were found dead in Mookgopong on 18 August.

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 15 August, during a march to demand more teachers at their school, Dikobo Primary.

They lived at the Montadi Youth Care Centre.

Mulaudzi said the six teenagers lived in the area where the bodies were found.

The SA Human Rights Commission said in October that it was investigating the murders, and whether the children's guardians had been negligent.

  • SharonE - 2012-11-15 22:34

    Born-frees. Amazing how much of the crime in South Africa can be attibuted to them. I wonder why that is? I can't figure it out.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-16 05:35

      In a country where the president openly mocks education and "clever" blacks... to him modernization and intellectual progress is too much of a white thing, at least thats what he told the traditional leaders. So yes, with that backward mentality we cannot expect the ANC youth to be much different.... who else do they learn from.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-16 06:14

      Treat them as adults. If you can rape you can face the music. No lighter sentences or special treatment. Its time to get the message to this generation of degenerates that crime does not pay.

      bradh.quaide - 2012-11-16 10:21

      It is heart breaking to hear these brutal murders were committed by children! Made me feel sick to my stomach. I blame the parents and schools for not disciplining their children, bring back corporal punishment! I'm sure these kids had to have seen this type of behavior from someone, they were probably abused themselves. What happened to social workers? Have they gone soft or are they just as useless as the other government employees? We need people to take care of our children, they are our future and needs to be protected and brought up as disciplined leaders. No child just goes out and do horribly bad things, this behavior is mimicked from the examples they see in their community. Parents need to step up and be the examples of what they want their children to be...

  • Anele Dyosi - 2012-11-15 22:53

    i believe witchcraft played an important role in the lives of these kids, its supernatural but it is a fact

      muke.matshaba - 2012-11-15 23:23

      Witchcraft n Satanism work hand in hand lately

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-11-15 23:30

      Quick, lift your bed with more bricks. You don't know it yet but the thokolos is coming specially for you, coz you are the chosen one....... s'true my bru!!!!!!!!!!

      ettiene.j.marx - 2012-11-16 07:22

      next you gonna blame the rabbit or the easter bunny

      gillian.sanderson - 2012-11-16 08:42

      whitchcraft smitchcraft . . . what utter rubbish!

      briana.scott - 2012-11-16 09:05

      What a load of bull. Now stoning each other to death and raping each other will soon be written off as cultural because it is witchcraft. I can only imagine what other excuses and reasoning will be used in the years to come as this murdering madness just escalates.

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-15 23:12

    How secretive could this teen be,especially for the murders of three kids its so scary indeed.Dont ever give this kids a lift ul b murdered by them straight-away.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-11-15 23:31


  • Lethabo Mmalai Diako - 2012-11-16 02:36

    A twelve year old is not even a teen yet. They need a psychological assistant and prayer

      leon.lambourn - 2012-11-16 08:54

      atheitis: For somebody who doesn’t believe in any religion you sure like to talk about it a lot. It’s funny how something you don’t believe in can fill your thoughts so much.

  • klaus.broszeit.1 - 2012-11-16 03:02

    take them out to sea drop them from the boat and tell them to start swimming.Will safe society so much trouble later when they get older good riddance.

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-11-16 04:46

    Slow evolution and Stone Age behavior.

  • mfanah.radebe - 2012-11-16 04:47

    Jah ne a 12 year old teen boss.\r\nyho they must never see the sun ever again,if ever they do when they turn 17 yho yho they gon be most wanted killers ever.\r\nBut our country laws

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-11-16 05:14

    I blame the department of education. These children should all have been in school, not marching for teachers or out murdering others. These children's lives are empty, if they were receiving a good education, they would have something to live for. Twelve year olds are still children too, it is absolutely horrifying to imagine their future. Time for our government to wake up and see what their negligence is doing to the youth of our country.

  • raj.maharaj.520 - 2012-11-16 05:16

    This shows that adults need to be careful when discussing and acting such things in the presence of kids. If one investigates you would find that the kid(s) come from a family background of murderers and rapists. God help the people of this country.

  • jj.jeno.1 - 2012-11-16 05:40

    Well done to the SAPS for catching them, I really thought this case would go unsolved...

  • monyeki1 - 2012-11-16 05:49

    This kids needs a serious help, they're so young, I feel sorry and heartbroken for their victims, the only help this kids they can get is from Jesus Christ himself, coz I believed this kids are deceived by the kingdom of darkness. To all my fellow south Africans lets be strong in the Lord and protect our kids from the kingdom of darkness through prayer and ask Jesus Christ to guide them through all the paths of life.

      almarie.ehlers.1 - 2012-11-16 06:34

      I totally agree - we need to start with restoring the family and the fathers role in the family as God intended to be and not this perverted world system.

  • collins.ntelele - 2012-11-16 06:22

    How can a 12 year old rape,stone and murder?Teens in adult bodies or witchcraft at its best.Boloi bo ya bereka ruri, Limpopo.

      jcoetzee1975 - 2012-11-16 07:26

      Whichcraft !?!?!?!?!?! They are the product of the society they live in, there is nothing sinister about that. If you grow up in that environment, it becomes your only point of reference. They were acting within the framework of what is an acceptable norm to them. Ultimately, it is the product of the apartheid legacy BUT also the product of the ANC's total lack of investment into the upliftment of these people.

  • almarie.ehlers.1 - 2012-11-16 06:31

    The problem is where were the fathers of these boys. I can guarantee you these boys fathers were never present in the raising of these kids, maybe they were busy following the example of our dear president. Making so many children somewhere else and neglecting the ones they already have.You only produce after your own kind. you cannot produce something you are not.

      ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-16 08:08

      Almarie , things are not easy for most black fathers as it seems . It takes a father and mother to raise their children in a home environment . Many fathers have protection/restraining orders against them due to mother having a married boyfriend . As soon as the boyfriend goes back to his family , she gets frustrated and run to the courts to take it out on the child's father with this and that charges . She will fight for child maintenance or grants only to waste it on herself to look beautiful in the streets . See this people at grants/maintenance collection points . They are abusing the state resources without care . So if a mother is not responsible in the family , the whole family is doomed . Not saying that men have no responsibility to their children .

  • rufus.manyama - 2012-11-16 06:51

    Satanism! In the name of JESUS CHRIST fire.

  • Happyness - 2012-11-16 06:55

    Typical of our justice system- three innocent children brutally murdered, but let's keep the culprits \in a place of safety\. Screw that- if they are murdering so young they will do it again. Lock them up.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-11-16 06:59

    What drives such young children to commit such a gruesome murder AND rape???

      jcoetzee1975 - 2012-11-16 07:43

      They are the product of the society they live in, there is nothing sinister about that. If you grow up in that environment, it becomes your only point of reference. They were acting within the framework of what is an acceptable norm to them. Ultimately, it is the product of the apartheid legacy BUT also the product of the ANC's total lack of investment into the upliftment of these people.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-16 07:01

    You bloody little bastards, those 3 children you murdered must have really suffered before they died.

  • carole.small.96 - 2012-11-16 07:03

    So very pleased that at last the murderers of these poor orphans have been found. But my heart breaks at the murderers themselves. So young. Where did they learn things like this? As parents we have to instil better behaviour for our children. The answers start at home. We are responsible for this by showing these kids violence every day in our homes, on tv etc. It must stop at home first.

  • rufus.manyama - 2012-11-16 07:03

    Satanism! In the name of JESUS CHRIST fire .

  • Zahir - 2012-11-16 07:20

    If it was up to me the teens must get death penalty these are barbaric crimes and they don't deserve to live

  • michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-11-16 07:27

    Savages!! And the worst part is that one day they will have a say in who runs this country!

      jcoetzee1975 - 2012-11-16 07:43

      Just how the ANC prefer their voter base.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-16 07:51

    This is the behavior of creatures you expect to find only In the Kruger , Serengeti or Gorongosa animal parks . Bring back religious studies in schools and bestow proper leadership in families to promote and enhance family values in our society . I am not a religious person but I recognise and appreciate how a positive role it plays in many people's lifes . Communism type of democracy is real trash and we are witnessing it's results through incidents like this .

      jcoetzee1975 - 2012-11-16 08:15

      They are the product of the society they live in, there is nothing sinister about that. If you grow up in that environment, it becomes your only point of reference. They were acting within the framework of what is an acceptable norm to them. Ultimately, it is the product of the apartheid legacy BUT also the product of the ANC's total lack of investment into the upliftment of these people.

  • darren.strydom1 - 2012-11-16 08:21

    Justice in this country wont be served, but by God, their day of reckoning will come. And burn they will.

  • Sarah Maphologela - 2012-11-16 08:45

    um speechless cos its a commmunity i leave in,n i saw ths six boys dis mornin @de magistr8 court,n i wonder hw do they slip @ 9t,only god knws y such things hapen 2 our nation,sad part is dat dis kids wil grow up 2 b heartless*sad*,job well done by SAPS*salute*

  • briana.scott - 2012-11-16 09:00

    a place of safety? If they did this heinous crime they should be thrown to the wolves. This is what our country has become, our rapists and murders are 12yrs old and even younger. Disgusting - there really is no hope for us.

  • cecilia.smit.90 - 2012-11-16 09:06

    Natural Born Killers!!!!!!!

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-11-16 09:11

    and they think they are humans....

  • cindy.l.laing - 2012-11-16 09:34

    what did these three children ever do, to have to die such a horrific death...

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-11-16 12:11

    OH my GOD between 14-15 AND THEY RAPE and murder - what is this world coming to? zumas fault this country is in mess.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-11-16 13:01

    why doesn't this surprise me?

  • mark.uys.5 - 2012-11-16 16:55

    Oh ... no surprise! just another feed in a phone, just another statistic... get use to it, we're in for the long haul.

  • Ruth Edith Bester - 2013-02-28 11:31

    Most of these kids needed love from a young age. They needed to be taught right and wrong. It would be wise to get kids involved in community work and pay them a decent wage. Whether p/time or full time. How can you love if you're not loved. People should stop having children for self-gain and when the kids grow up they have to fend for themselves and make a mess of not only their own lives but others who cannot fend for themselves too. They become destuctive and follow in the footsteps or perpetrators who has no regard for other peoples' lives. If they can commit such evil crimes they are old enough to be punished according the rules. An eye for an eye. Their parents are to be blamed because they are far too young to venture out on their own following their own path to hell. I hope they get what they deserve. I too am a parent and I feel it with those who lost their kids.

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