Po­lice in bid to find mur­der­ers of Le­na­sia boy

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - BEN­JAMIN DIN ben­jamin.din@inl.co.za @ben­ja­mindin

THE PO­LICE have re­leased iden­tik­its of the sus­pected killers of nine-year-old Keketso Mahlak­wana, who was found dead last month in Le­na­sia, south of Joburg.

The im­ages, which have been cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia, are based on po­lice in­ter­views con­ducted with eye­wit­nesses from the scene, said Le­na­sia SAPS spokesper­son Cap­tain Hec­tor Net­shiv­hodza.

Keketso was ab­ducted on May 16, 2017 from Flamingo Pri­mary School in Le­na­sia, which he at­tended. “He was play­ing with other chil­dren out­side the school when a woman dragged him into a white taxi,” the cap­tain said.

That Fri­day, three days later, Keketso’s body was found by a hunter in the veld in Le­na­sia Ex­ten­sion 11, Net­shiv­hodza said.

The boy had mul­ti­ple stab wounds on his up­per body. It is be­lieved that two men and a woman were in­volved in his ab­duc­tion.

How­ever, the sec­ond man was sit­ting in­side the taxi and not vis­i­ble to those who saw the ab­duc­tion hap­pen. “We are ap­peal­ing to the com­mu­nity to give us in­for­ma­tion,” Net­shiv­hodza added.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the sus­pects’ where­abouts should call the po­lice emer­gency line at 0860010111 or 10111, he said.

Keketso’s mur­der is just one of many sense­less killings of women and chil­dren that have rocked the na­tion lately.

“Young chil­dren and women are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing the tar­get of vi­o­lence,” com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mickey Pa­day­achi said at the boy’s me­mo­rial ser­vice. “This needs to stop, and we can only do so if we stand to­gether.”

Today, Siza­kele NkosiMalobane, the MEC for Com­mu­nity Safety, was ex­pected to lead a hu­man chain with Gaut­eng Leg­is­la­ture Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe around the leg­is­la­ture in the Joburg CBD to mo­bilise men to pro­tect women and chil­dren in light of re­cent events.

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