Un­cle bust for Talla’s mur­der

Fam­ily shocked by the news of his ar­rest

Sowetan - - News - By Alex Pa­trick – TimesLIVE

Three weeks after the life­less body of four-year-old Shayn­ice Talla was found dis­carded in a drain‚ her un­cle will ap­pear in court for her mur­der.

The tod­dler was found after a com­mu­nity search in El­do­rado Park Ex­ten­sion 2‚ south of Jo­han­nes­burg‚ on Septem­ber 27.

Talla had been killed and tossed into an open drain at the top of a kop­pie no­to­ri­ous for hid­ing drug users and crim­i­nals in the area.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Kay Makhubele con­firmed that Talla’s 26-year-old un­cle was ar­rested for her mur­der and will ap­pear in court to­day.

Her death sparked out­rage and the com­mu­nity asked for mil­i­tary as­sis­tance to curb the ram­pant crime in the area.

At the time her body was dis­cov­ered‚ a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity known to po­lice was taken in for ques­tion­ing. He was later re­leased.

Talla’s aunt, Nita Mackay, said the fam­ily was in shock after re­ceiv­ing news that her cousin was ar­rested for the crime. “He was one of our chil­dren ... He even helped us search for the lit­tle girl.”

Makhubele said Talla’s au­topsy re­sults were still pend­ing and that he could not say whether she was raped or not.

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