Three orphans stoned to death

2012-08-19 15:18

Johannesburg - The bodies of three orphaned children were found in Naboomspruit with their hands and feet tied with shoelaces, Limpopo police said on Sunday.

"The two boys and a girl had been reported missing from Thursday after they failed to return to Montadi Youth Care Centre where they lived," spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

Bafana Kekana, 9, Hosea Richard Kekana, 10, and Johana Kekana, 12, were last seen on Wednesday at the Dikobo Primary School during a march to demand more teachers. A passerby found their bodies near the Constantia resort on Saturday.

Bafana and Hosea were brothers. The boys' mother was Johana's aunt.

They had been stoned to death. The girl was raped before she was killed. Bloodied stones were found next to their bodies. They were covered with a blanket and branches.

"Police are not only hunting for the suspects but are also working around the clock to uncover the motive for the killings."

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-08-19 15:21

    Zimpopo again: ( RIP

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-08-19 15:38

      In SA, we have way too many people suffer from a serious mental illness, not even animals will do this. Barbarism at its best, life has absolutely no meaning - 3 innocent children have died / been killed and WHY???? Only God can save us - seriously this is not on.

      alastair.grant.98 - 2012-08-19 15:46

      There's a good chance this is connected to AIDS. Either the animals that did this believed these kids were HIV-positive, because their mother died from AIDS, or they thought that having sex with a little girl would cure them of their own HIV infection - and killed her cousins so they couldn't identify them. Unfortunately both of these things are happening in many parts of southern Africa - even though neither is true (children with HIV-positive parents are seldom infected themselves and, even if they are, there's zero chance they will infect anyone else until they grow up - and even then it's highly unlikely - and of course "cleansing" by having sex with a virgin is just an urban myth). The AIDS epidemic has had a very damaging effect on African societies, by reducing the value of human life. Unfortunately governments have failed us by not recognizing this phenomenon, and acting to restore cultural and moral values. Paradoxically, Mbeki recognized the erosion of our moral values, but the man he appointed to lead a "moral regeneration movement" was Jacob Zuma. When the history of southern Africa is finally written, HIV won't be a footnote - it will be the central theme.

      daleinn - 2012-08-19 15:46

      Wonder if the deaths of these poor children will get as much attention, as the miners? Where was the failure in protecting their innocent lives?

      craig.king.7505 - 2012-08-19 16:08

      Alastair you are confused. The rape of children is not done to "cure" aids. It is done because the perpetrators like doing it.

      rbphiri - 2012-08-19 16:40

      This is truly sickening in every sense of the word, if our government took crime seriously we would have less heinous crimes. If harsher penalties were implemented criminals will likely weigh their options before doing something they will surely regret; it won't necessary curb crime, but it is a stepping stone.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-19 16:49


      alastair.grant.98 - 2012-08-19 17:14

      @ craig king - I'm not sure if you're being serious, but if you are - google "cleansing" and "HIV", and you'll see how widespread the myth of curing yourself of HIV by having sex with a virgin is. You could also check out and Also, raping an old person, or a white person, is considered "safe" because (it is thought) they are not infected, and you can "pass on" your own infection to them. You hardly need me to tell you this is all driven by extreme ignorance.

      maryke.peacock - 2012-08-19 17:33

      How very depressing? RIP. Gauteng alone has 30 000 registered orphaned households with less than 12 social workers supporting them (De Witt & Lessing, Unisa). These vulnerable children are subject to unthinkable abuse- the psychological damage is truly devastating, what kind of adults will these children become? Who will have the selfnessless and courage to take this monster on?

      nicholas.graan - 2012-08-19 21:51

      Demonic savagery ..

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-20 08:32

      Alastair, Craig is right. there was a survey done in the prisons with child rapists & actually none of them had heard of this cleansing of aids by a child....they are just sick!

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-08-20 11:48

      "Teach me, teach me, ouch! So that's how one throws a stone...." I don't know whether it is worse to be alive in SA today or just die since life in the womb is worth nothing, life after the womb even more treacherous and if adulthood is achieved (which is truly an achievement in itself) the contribution to society is ... bloody stones.

      crackston.jack - 2012-08-20 16:54

      I am actually lost for words and thoughts as to how people can do this at all especially to children....death penalty sounds to light for the scum who did this.

      Jellyarse - 2012-08-20 19:08

      Fakken Animals!

      sheda.habib - 2012-08-20 20:13

      Try and read this column and and the end of it say the words "Proudly South African" aloud. You cannot can you.... It takes sick bastards like this to not only destroy innocent lives but also tear the heart of a nation apart.

      JannieDeVos - 2013-01-26 09:01

      Alicia, I am sure the thumbsdowns will pour in, but I am still going to ask the question. Where was this caring God while these atrocities took place? What did these kids do to deserve such a horrible death?

  • brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-19 15:23

    This country is overun with savage barbarians. We need a proper government to deal with them.

      judith.taylor.56 - 2012-08-19 15:29

      No we need to be caring communities

      KReddy - 2012-08-19 16:04

      You need a blanket effort accross the damned country cos ur community with all its effort can be made \safe\, but it just takes one outsider with no regard for human life to come f#ck up that faux utopia.

      bryan.culross - 2012-08-19 16:16

      At the end of the day Zuma ias no more than a savage ... albeit a more elegant one

      bfvillet - 2012-08-19 17:36

      no bruce then we become like them we need to be caring communities where children are protected and safe.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-19 20:16

      Stupid brett.bruce adding criminality to a crime is pouring petrol on a fire. You assume I am a liberal, you couldn't be more wrong I am a libertarian. The rule of law protects ding dongs like you not me, but at least I have been shot at, ambushed and shot before making my mind up about what is wrong and right. If you get tortured you will say whatever the torturer wants you to say. People like you are all talk and no do.

      brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-19 20:28

      A libetarian? What's that? Sounds like some weirdo cult thing...

      hein.huyser - 2012-08-19 21:11

      @bb121, try google before you reply. The Libretarian movement is strong in the USA and is gaining momentum in SA

      manfromvenus.manfromvenus - 2012-08-19 21:25

      @Judith - We have caring communities , we have an abundance of caring communities - as a people , the South African are amazing - but the fish has rotted from the head , and its rotted bad , it has a real stench , and that is played out in all this trauma we read about in the news . The ANC is rotten rotten rotten , its stench is an offense to all the people of SA , especially we who voted for the ANC .

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-19 22:59

      Firstly it's LIBERTARIAN not LIBETARIAN. Its about people who take responsibility for themselves and what they do and how they behave. It definitely must be a weirdo cult, because libertarians want less government not more government and take responsibilty for themselves.

      PB - 2012-08-20 08:17

      If the anc were to actually spend money on the NGO's and official children's homes instead of pocketing it all, there would be more staff available to look after those vulnerable kids. Add to that running our Education properly, they would not have had to march to attract attention to the fact that their school is understaffed.

  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-08-19 15:24

    Very sad, yes zuma, do you still not see???

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-19 16:02

      Zuma, why don't you visit this community and tell them your handling of people and criminals has caused this violation of children. Go on your own though, without your strong men to protect you. Say your prayers too, because it may be the last visit you make. - Kathy

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-19 17:04

      In all probability he would promise to set up a "commission of inquiry" - it not only buys time, but sounds awfully good. It is the new term for "don't call us, we'll call you" In the meantime the rapists will continue raping, killers will keep on killing, robbers will keep on robbing and the president will keep smiling and telling us that we live in a safe country.

      lownabester - 2012-08-20 10:05

      No he will never see. he is beyond redemption, We have an idiot as a leader, This is barbaric.

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-19 15:24


      nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-08-19 17:52

      Why should they worry? Our tax money pays for their and their childrens' security. Why worry about three orphans in Limpopo. They were too young to vote and no use to politicians.

      nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-08-19 17:53

      Why should they worry? Our tax money pays for their and their childrens' security. Why worry about three orphans in Limpopo. They were too young to vote and no use to politicians.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-19 15:24

    Good Grief, Another act of pure savagry. What next?

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-08-19 15:24

    We are truly living in hard times I tell you, a country where no child safe. We might just have to hire an entourage of gaurds to accompany our children wherever they go because they are clearly not safe.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-20 15:18

      We can't even trust the guards!

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-19 15:25

    We live in a country with some very seriously sick people!

  • John - 2012-08-19 15:27

    What absolutely disgusting behaviour! To think that these sub animals roam amongst us masquerading as human. They need to be treated as rabid animals! Poor children.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-08-19 15:28

    Babies what are we doing and why?

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-19 15:31

    this is the work of inhuman beings, wow, the barbaric nature of some people, there is only one punishment for this, the rope.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-19 15:32

    Don't tell me these children did anything wrong. Why are we murdering children.

  • merushan - 2012-08-19 15:33

    Its th animal instinct in them....

      delish7564 - 2012-08-20 10:04

      It's not animal instinct, it's a total disregard for humanity, no compassion and the attitude that they wont get caught. Also, these poor children were orphans so as far as these barbaric scumbags are concerned, "Who cares?" Absolutely horrific!! R.I.P. Seem to be saying that a lot at the moment :(

  • pagel.trivia - 2012-08-19 15:35

    I couldn't do this to an animal. How do we turn our country around? - because a serious change is required or we are going down.

  • Jessica Jane Graham - 2012-08-19 15:36

    Oh Lord. Poor babies! What sort of Monsters do this! Anyone that would harm a child is pure evil and I hope that they receive the same they've done to these children times infinity!

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-20 07:12

      Nope Jessica, they'll be imprisoned have a warm bed, watch telly and have meals all at the taxpayers expense. It is so sickening, by next week we will all have forgotten this crime because many more will have been committed. Wonder how much 3* accommodation is still available in the 'prison'

      arvin.hooseria.9 - 2012-08-20 12:17

      God could've saved these children. It seems that God has no power over these ruthless people. All the prayers over the years and decades has equaled to absolutely nothing. Is there a God? I tHink not! May the little angels Rest In Peace.

  • danny.mgiba - 2012-08-19 15:38

    No this is too much,we need to stand up as communities and fight this cos those who do such unspeakable crimes they live among us.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-08-19 15:39

    I'm at a lost of words! Honestly how heartless must one be to do something so horrendous to innocent children. Zuma, please catch a wake up! Our future looks bleak my man. I think you and your followers are the only people who still believe in this type of governance. Acts like these call for the reinstatement of the death penalty.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-08-19 15:41

    I am absolutely riddled with sadness after reading this. Why would anybody perform such a savage deed on innocent children. It is barbaric, absolutely barbaric, that our children would fall victim of such crime. I can only ask why? Name and shame these animals.

      pridejubilee.chavururawegona - 2012-08-19 15:52

      when our parents look after us untill we grow up they are expecting us a good hw do they feel if they hear these murders our country must tek actions to clean up all this is done because everybody has a gun hw can we survive holding our life in our hands.Terrible i am very sad of this incident government please take actions

      joyce.beeton - 2012-08-19 16:31

      If people ask "why?" - the answer is simple. Because we let them. Every single one of us living in this country let them. They get away with anything they want to because we do not stand up, stand together and say once and for all "we are sick and tired of your weak leadership, we are sick and tired of your weak excuses that poverty and the legacy of apartheid are to blame for crime, we are sick and tired of living in fear because criminals roam and rule this country and get a slap on the wrist for rape and murder". Writing comments on this wall achieves nothing, every like-minded individual needs to set a date, a time and a place and march to President Zuma's office and demand that the death penalty be re-instated for violent crimes of this nature. He has said it, if citizens want something, they must come forward and put it on the table. Well, let's put it in the table and see what feeble excuse they come up with ............

  • andre.krige - 2012-08-19 15:44

    This is beyond barbaric . I am beginning to believe that this is the beginning of some sub human species ,as what I am reading gets worse by the day. I believe that if caught and convicted, these barbarians shouldn't go through standard judicial procedure and should rather be burnt at the stake or similar. No point in civilized punishment for this sort of conduct.

      esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-08-19 17:04

      It is not the 'beginning of some sub-human species' but the confirmation that we have inhabitants in this country who ARE of a sub-human species but due to sickening PC-ness one is not allowed to say it out loud

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-19 23:03

      Same sort of subhuman species that ran the concentration camps during WWll and in Serbia in the 1980's and early 1990's and the good citizens of Rwanda. They are all around you just waiting for a chance to express themselves.

  • gavin.vonmeyer - 2012-08-19 15:49

    I hope they catch that bastard and torture him for the res of his freaken exsitence.

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-08-19 15:49

    The majority of people making up the masses are not capable of love, compation or any kind of positive emotion. They opperate on instinct.

  • tumi.ntuli.18 - 2012-08-19 15:52

    Death penalty please. I can't take it anymore.

  • Denzo Ngwato McCartar - 2012-08-19 15:52

    When found, the guilty animal/s must jst be hanged!

      dennis.mennis.961 - 2012-08-19 16:12

      No, no, no, not hanged. Far too quick and painless! At least stoning, punishment to fit the crime, but even that's too fast.

  • chanki.modise - 2012-08-19 15:57

    Am speehless... innocent lifes for what

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-19 16:00

    Oo no! Its ununderstably barbaric and certainly unforgivable.

  • Ayomide 'umpire' Adeigbe - 2012-08-19 16:00

    Whats the way forward people? crime rate increase daily all around the world and the security operatives seems paralysed... I think we should all individually and collectively find ways to fight these decadence that grows by the day

      craig.king.7505 - 2012-08-19 16:12

      A first step would be to stop "excusing" it as an ignorant attempt to "cure" aids. This is just a perversion. Then hang the bastards.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-08-19 16:05

    If this isn't the work of mentally derranged people, the community involved needs to look long and hard into its psyche. How much worse do we have to become before we realize we just keep on raising the bar on horror and terror against eachother in this country? If this is the work of other kids, their parents should be severely punished along side them, for not teaching them to behave like human beings, and letting them grow up like animals.

  • craig.king.7505 - 2012-08-19 16:06

    This is an insane asylum and the inmates are in charge.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-19 16:08

    Kill kill kill, the only thing the comrades do well.

      PB - 2012-08-20 08:21

      No Douglas, you forget about the other 'sport' the comrades have won the gold medal for - graft

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-08-19 16:10

    How can you do this to an innocent souls or any other person for that matter? It seems like prison terms don't scare crime offenders anymore maybe its about time the government introduces the death penalty

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-19 16:14

    What kind of things do this? The death penalty is too merciful a punishment. They should just be thrown away and discarded as rubbish. I fail to see how the rules of a just and human society should apply to them. They are inhuman and should be dealt with inhumanly. Just drop them off a rock like it is said Shaka did. Or necklace them as mrs Mandela advocated. Either way, get rid of them permanently and quick.

  • bennie.wentzel - 2012-08-19 16:16

    Wtf. It just never ends..

  • Cassel Van der Walt - 2012-08-19 16:19

    flipping DISGUSTING!!! these people must be found!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-19 16:20

    Good folks that is South African crowd action. Please do not hurl at me the fake of crowd control. The police at Marikana did what they had to to.

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2012-08-19 16:20

    BARBARIC !!!!! How can we be equal ?????

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-08-19 16:26

    it gets worse by the week

  • Jay - 2012-08-19 16:32

    These kids deserve a month of National mourning - but what does Mr Zuma do? He declares a week of national mourning for people who broke the law by charging the police with pangas and the guns they stole off the policemen they killed the day before. That says what country we have become under your guardianship, Mr President. Shame on you Mr President. Shame on you!!

  • Adrian Jack - 2012-08-19 16:33

    God is going to remove South Africa from the face of the earth.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-21 15:30

      The same god that created these murderers?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-19 16:37

    Cry our beloved Country..... but we are running out of tears.....

  • Malebo Sefufula - 2012-08-19 16:50

    why does our country have so many heartless people is this why people fought for freedom

  • hughmupfunya - 2012-08-19 16:53

    What shall this country be?? Lord have mercy on this country......

  • ferdinandanton.booysen - 2012-08-19 16:56

    We are up-in-arms over the mine workers,but what about these kids?Mine workers who were responsible for the death of 10 people.\r\nIs Zuma going to call a week of mourning for these kids?\r\nThree innocent kids-just kids,stoned to death

  • walter.lebza - 2012-08-19 17:01

    Help us LORD.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-19 17:03

    Send this into the word so that they can see!

  • manu.dibango.96 - 2012-08-19 17:03

    The media always offers us the symptoms (the murders, the abuse, ...) but never the cause. Following such stories there is the inevitable chorus of "bring back the death penalty". I used to be in that chorus line, but chose to ask myself the simple question, "Why are SA criminals so ultra violent?". This is a question that everyone needs to ask themselves. The answer that I arrived at is that SA is a very dehumanised society. The social and economic circumstances of the country has dehumanised and continues to dehumanise a great many people. Think about many sociopaths are the product of abusive childhoods. There are many slums in which children are raised in horrendous conditions and witness all forms of crime. Has your young child seen a dead person (murdered) or seen violence first hand? Most probably not, but this is not for township children. Oh and lets not the farm compounds. People are turning a blind eye to the fact that the slums are incubators for sociopaths, and as long as society does nothing to eradicate slums the ultra violence that is seen day in day out will persist.

      annalene.nel - 2012-08-20 13:46

      society is doing more than enough, it is the government that is not doing what they should with the money (lots) available through our taxes.

  • joan.kleynhans - 2012-08-19 17:08

    Darkest Africa

  • pridejubilee.chavururawegona - 2012-08-19 17:09

    people who are doing they are not jailed and keep on doing their habit

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-08-19 17:12

    Are we still on earth? I don't think so maybe we are in hell already. Unbelievable

  • lucille.cupido.399 - 2012-08-19 17:15

    Our President don't care a damn about crime...he released how many thousands of criminals for his birthday...who will do that in his right mind as a President. We will never be able fight and win crime with such an attitude. God safe us from this evil

  • charmaine.scholtz.18 - 2012-08-19 17:16

    All these senseless crimes are symptoms of underlying disease in this country. We must nursing the symptoms its time to heal the disease.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-19 17:23

    Shocking! Despicable. What is this country coming to?