Dis­cov­ered bones could be miss­ing girls’

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - North West News - OBAKENG MAJE

THE hope of find­ing two miss­ing girls alive has faded af­ter bones were dis­cov­ered in a shal­low grave in Bloemhof three weeks ago.

The bones, be­lieved to be­long to the two miss­ing girls from Boi­tume­l­ong lo­ca­tion, in Bloemhof were taken in for foren­sic anal­y­sis.

Mat­se­leng Nteta, seven, and her friend, Retha­bile Tshabadira, three, went miss­ing more than nine months ago. They were re­portly play­ing in the street and were last seen go­ing to the lo­cal tuck shop to buy sweets.

North West po­lice spokesper­son Brig Sa­bata Mokg­wabone con­firmed that un­known bones were dis­cov­ered in Bloemhof.

How­ever, Mokg­wabone said the bones were taken in for foren­sic anal­y­sis.

“We can con­firm that bones were dis­cov­ered in the area three weeks ago.

How­ever, the bones were taken in for DNA and the re­sults are not yet out.

They were dis­cov­ered by a passer-by who went to the bushes to re­lieve him­self. He saw the skull and re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.

“No one has been ar­rested as yet and po­lice have opened an in­quest case.

“The case will only be changed to mur­der af­ter DNA re­sults. We urge our peo­ple to be calm and con­tinue to work to­gether with the po­lice in re­port­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place in their vicini­ties. The po­lice will con­tinue to serve our com­mu­ni­ties with pride and com­bat crime,” he said.

He said the DNA re­sults will be re­leased in about four weeks.

The par­ents of the miss­ing girls said they want clo­sure.

Mat­se­leng’s mother, Maria Nteta, 28, said: “We are still wait­ing for the foren­sic test re­sults.

We lost hope a long time ago in the po­lice be­cause noth­ing pos­i­tive came out of their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

It seems they have also hit a dead end.

I miss my daugh­ter so much and I am look­ing for clo­sure.”

Retha­bile’s grand­mother, Le­nah Tshabadira, 49, said the po­lice had failed them dis­mally. She said the po­lice did not put in any ex­tra ef­fort to find the chil­dren.

“Retha­bile was a bub­bly per­son. The po­lice took 48 hours to in­ten­sify a search.

“We could have found them in time if they re­acted ear­lier.

“How­ever, we will re­main con­fi­dent and wait for the DNA test,” she said.

Dr Ruth Mom­pati re­gion so­cial ac­tivist, Mika Moeti said: “We will work closely with po­lice to en­sure that the per­pe­tra­tor/s is caught.

“We can­not con­tinue to live nor­mal while we have miss­ing chil­dren.

“They have fam­i­lies and it is wrong for mon­sters to do as they please within our com­mu­ni­ties.” – News­note

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