The community of Orange Farm, Gauteng, has asked Police Minister Bheki Cele to visit the area in order to get to the bottom of senseless killings of children.
During Wednesday’s march in the area to condemn the killings of Mpho Makondo (8) and Simphiwe Mcina (6), community members accused the police of not doing enough to find the perpetrators. Makondo and Mcina’s bodies were discovered last Saturday after they were reported missing on Friday.
During Wednesday’s memorial service for the two, Solly Mkhabela, founder of the Solly Mkhabela Foundation, urged Cele to visit the area. “We ask for Minister Bheki Cele to come to Orange Farm. We can’t keep losing children and no one is held accountable.”
Mkhabela, a prominent businessman in the area, also urged men to stand up and do something. “Where are men?” he asked. “Why are there always fewer men in services like these. Men are cowards; they should also stand up and fight to expose these perpetrators. These kids didn’t deserve any of this.”
Emotions were running high in the multipurpose hall filled with community and political party members in support of the two families. As the two youngsters were described as loving and intelligent, family members sobbed uncontrollably.
Makondo’s grandmother, who is believed to have raised her since she was only three months old, cried hysterically before being hugged by another family member.
Esther Mosesane, Makondo’s great grandmother, said that, while she was heartbroken, she wanted to remind the mourners that, despite the tragedy “God is still good and faithful”.
“What happened to my family is a tragedy. We always see these things on television, far away, but today it’s us and the Mcina family. May their souls fight for themselves and may their cries ring in the perpetrators ears forever,” said Mosesane.
Mcina’s uncle, Jabulani Mcina, urged the community to hold hands and fight the killing of children in the area. “Seeing Punky’s [Mcina’s] lifeless body lying there, I had faith that he was probably resting, but he was gone,” said Jabulani with a cracking voice.
Constable Shaan Motsapi said no arrest had been made and urged anyone with information to come forward.