Man questioned about murdered 11-year-old Cape Town girl

2017-03-29 11:00


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Cape Town – A man has been taken in for questioning in connection with an 11-year-old girl found dead in Mitchells Plain, Western Cape police said on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old would appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court once he had been charged, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said on Wednesday.

Stacha Arends was found murdered on a field in Mitchells Plain, behind the Swartklip Centre, in the early hours of Tuesday.

News24 understands the man lived near the girl’s family. Arends's disappearance was reported to police at 19:35 on Monday. She was last seen at the Mitchells Plain Town Centre at 14:00.

The cause of her death was not yet clear.

A memorial service is expected to be held in the street where she lived, on Wednesday at 19:00.

The murder came a week after the body of Rene Roman was found in a house on her street in Lavender Hill last Tuesday.

The 13-year-old had been helping her mother take washing from the line when she asked to go to the nearby shop to buy chips on March 10. She was never seen alive again.

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