Khayelitsha murder suspects' shacks torched

2017-05-03 18:55
Shacks in Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

Shacks in Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Cape Town - Three shacks belonging to the people arrested for the murder of little Iyapha Yamile in Khayelitsha were burnt down by people enraged by her death, a ward councillor said on Wednesday.

African National Congress councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni said this was after residents had dropped everything on Sunday afternoon to look for the little girl when she was reported missing.

According to Mngxunyeni, when the alarm was raised, a loudhailer search was organised for her.

"People drove around the neighbourhood, calling for her through the loudhailer and saying: 'If you know where she is, please bring her to us, or take her to her parents, or take her to the police.'"

Mngunyeni said the loudhailer search had continued until just after 00:00.

Iyapha's parents had left the house on Monday morning to go and search for her again.

But shortly after they left, her body was found dumped near the house.

"They brought the body in a blue plastic bag," said Mngxunyeni grimly.

He believes somebody must have been watching the house, because when Iyapha's parents left their home to carry on looking, the blue bag was not there.

Mngxunyeni said the girl's death was a terrible shock.

The last time she was seen, she was playing with the 4-year-old daughter of one of the suspects' girlfriend.


On Tuesday, the police announced that four suspects had been detained for Iyapha's murder. They were expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, but at the time of writing the outcome was not yet known.

But Mngxunyeni said the community was so angry about what had happened that they wanted the suspects banished from the area.

One is allegedly a tik dealer.

The councillor left when things calmed down, but later on Tuesday, the three shacks were torched.

"The community did not even let them go in and fetch any personal things, they were so angry," Mngxunyeni said.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz urged parents to be "extra vigilant" about their children on holidays and long weekends.

He said the harming, abuse or murder of children had no place in SA.

He called on the police to build a watertight case to get the people who killed Iyapha sent to jail, and for the community to help the police.

Social workers were also sent by the department to support the family.

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