Girls’ bodies dumped in veld

Anger spills over af­ter Thokoza find

Sowetan - - News - By Tankiso Makhetha

The com­mu­nity of Thokoza in Ekurhu­leni has been left in­censed fol­low­ing the grim dis­cov­ery of the bodies of two young girls in the township.

Nonku­l­uleko Xaba, 8, and Nom­pumelelo Mh­longo, 9, went miss­ing on Sun­day evening while play­ing in the township.

Nonku­l­uleko’s fa­ther Sibu­siso Xaba said he was heart­bro­ken by the grue­some man­ner of his daugh­ter’s mur­der.

“No par­ent should through this,” he said.

“I’m at the mor­tu­ary at the mo­ment and I can’t bring my­self to talk about it be­cause I am still try­ing to come to terms with her death.”

An­gry res­i­dents tore down the fence around the field where the chil­dren were dis­cov­ered.

Sman­gal­iso Dlamini, who was part of the search party that made the grue­some dis­cov­ery, said he was still in shock and could not erase the image of the two girls.

“It seemed like the kids were stran­gled. One of them was wrapped in a blan­ket and go the other one was folded and stuffed into a sports bag,” Dlamini said.

Frans Mkhize said this was not the first time that a body of a child was found in the veld.

Po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Mavela Ma­sondo said the girls were re­ported miss­ing on Mon­day be­fore their bodies were dis­cov­ered later that day.

“A man­hunt has since been launched by the po­lice who are ap­peal­ing to any­one who might have in­for­ma­tion that can lead to the ar­rest of the suspect or sus­pects to con­tact the near­est po­lice sta­tion.”

/ JACKIE CLAUSEN

Ma­paseka Makoae is hav­ing fun in the snow that fell over the Drak­ens­burg and Le­sotho this week. The cold front has made its pres­ence felt in Gaut­eng since Mon­day, but warmer weather is ex­pected from to­day.

/MDUDUZI NDZINGI

Thokoza res­i­dents break down a fence sur­round­ing a field where the bodies of the two girls were found.

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