Father of murdered child still pinning his hope on justice
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Thamsanqa Twala was arrested in connection with his murder, but charges against him were later withdrawn.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.