Body found in Cape Town identified as that of 8-year-old boy who went missing last week

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The body of Lukhololwam Mkontwana, 8, was found in a bush in iSiqalo, Cape Town. He went missing last week.
The body of Lukhololwam Mkontwana, 8, was found in a bush in iSiqalo, Cape Town. He went missing last week.
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  • A body that was found in iSiqalo, Cape Town has been identified as that of eight-year-old Lukhololwam Mkontwana.
  • This comes after the discovery of the body of four-year-old Tamia "Mia" Botha in Paarl.
  • Police arrested two people on Wednesday in connection with the murder of Tamia.

A body that was found in a bush in iSiqalo in Cape Town has been identified as that of eight-year-old Lukhololwam Mkontwana, who went missing last week.

His mother, Noxolo, told News24 the family identified the body on Wednesday. Western Cape police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, confirmed the identification.

Van Wyk said a murder case had been opened and that a post-mortem examination would be conducted to determine the cause of the child's death.

Lukhololwam went missing from Nyanga in Cape Town on Friday.

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His mother said the culprits must have tricked her son into going with them because he would not go with someone without her approval.

She said she received a call from people demanding a ransom for the safe return of her son, but she could not afford to pay it.

According to Noxolo, the family was supposed to identify the body on Tuesday, but had to wait another day due to unforeseen circumstances.

"Delays may have been because of load shedding or the body not being processed. We don't know," she said at the time.

Community Policing Forum spokesperson Dumisani Qwebe said when a body was found in iSiqalo, Philippi, the boy's uncle was sure it was Lukhololwam on the basis of a description of the clothing. 

Meanwhile, police swiftly arrested two people on Wednesday for the murder of four-year-old Tamia "Mia" Botha, who went missing from Paarl East on Sunday.

Her body was found in bushes next to a Paarl school sports field.

"In the murder investigation of the four-year-old Paarl East girl, two suspects, aged 37 and 40, were arrested on Tuesday evening. They are due to appear in the Paarl Magistrate's Court once charged," Van Wyk said.

Drakenstein councillor Pat Cupido told News24 it was a terrible time for Tamia's family and the community.  

"It is not normal for Paarl," she added.

Western Cape Police Oversight and Community Safety MEC Reagen Allen was horrified that the two children had been found dead. 

"Our children cannot lose their lives in this manner.

"Although 29 children were murdered in the first quarter of the 2022/23 financial year, which is 26 fewer kids when compared to the same period of the 2021/22 financial year, where 55 children were killed, the murder of one child is not only one too many, but is wholly unacceptable."

He said: 

As a society, we need to take a hard look at ourselves, as these killings need to stop!

Allen added that a video of the little girl's body was doing the rounds on social media. He asked people to stop sharing it. 

Executive director of the Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation, Billy Claasen, called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to hold a presidential crime imbizo in the Western Cape. 

"This is very disturbing news for our downtrodden communities. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the families and pray for healing for our broken communities," Claassen said.

He added that the government should start by closing down liquor outlets and added that they were not empowering communities but contributing to their destruction. 

Police have asked for the public to come forward with information that could assist in their investigations.

Anyone who has information can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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