Fa­ther of mur­dered child still pin­ning his hope on jus­tice

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KUTL­WANO OLI­FANT kutl­wano.oli­fant@inl.co.za

EL­ROY Petersen be­lieves the jus­tice sys­tem will one day catch up with the man who mur­dered his child.

Petersen is the fa­ther of Cuburne Lavone van Wyk, 3, whose body was dis­cov­ered on a mine dump in Reiger Park, Boks­burg, a few days after he dis­ap­peared on Au­gust 6.

Cuburne had been play­ing out­side with his sib­ling be­fore he dis­ap­peared. Katleho Phoku, 25, was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the mur­der.

Yes­ter­day, Petersen said he was dis­ap­pointed with the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer.

He said the of­fi­cer had told him there was still ev­i­dence miss­ing in the mat­ter dur­ing Phoku’s last court ap­pear­ance on Oc­to­ber 25.

“We want pres­sure to be put on the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer. We want him to keep up­dat­ing us with the case. We don’t know what is hap­pen­ing,” he said.

Petersen said it hurt him a lot that he was the one go­ing after the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers, de­mand­ing up­dates on the mat­ter. “The last time I spoke to him, he said he will call me. I am still wait­ing even to­day.”

He was speak­ing to re­porters out­side his in-laws’ home be­fore Gaut­eng Premier David Makhura ar­rived to visit the fam­ily.

Roads and Trans­port MEC Is­mail Vadi, Com­mu­nity Safety MEC Siza­kele Nkosi-Malobane, Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment MEC Lebogang Maile ac­com­pa­nied Makhura to the Ramaphosa in­for­mal set­tle­ment, out­side Boks­burg, to meet fam­i­lies of three mur­dered chil­dren, in­clud­ing El­roy, in the area.

Gaut­eng po­lice com­mis­sioner Le­setja Moth­iba, provin­cial head of de­tec­tives Ma­jor-Gen­eral Te­bello Mosik­ili and Ekurhu­leni mayor Mondli Gun­gubele also joined the premier dur­ing his visit.

Makhura vis­ited the fam­i­lies of Tae­grin Mor­ris, Siphamandla Madikane and Cuburne.

The mur­ders are un­solved.

Tae­grin died when he was dragged along the road dur­ing a hi­jack­ing in Ekurhu­leni.

Tham­sanqa Twala was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with his mur­der, but charges against him were later with­drawn.

Ten-year-old Siphamandla’s body was dis­cov­ered a day after he went miss­ing last Novem­ber from his Ramaphosa home.

His body was found at the same spot where Cuburne’s body was dis­cov­ered.

Yes­ter­day, Moth­iba said the same of­fi­cer deal­ing with Cuburne’s case was also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Siphamandla mat­ter.

Moth­iba said the cops were fol­low­ing up on valu­able in­for­ma­tion from the com­mu­nity re­gard­ing all th­ese cases.

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