Tebogo Msimanga |
Kwa Zulu Natal Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, condemned the brutal murder of a toddler in KwaMashu Township’s M Section, North of Durban. A Four-year-old Sanelisiwe Mhlongo went missing from her home last week Thursday, 24 September and her lifeless body with multiple stab wounds was discovered in the bush on Friday, 25 September.
It is alleged that after Samkelisiwe’s lifeless body was found, her grandfather and uncle were taken for questioning by police and later released.
“This incident has caused a lot of pain to many of us. It is very hard to believe that a person can even contemplate killing a defenceless child, let alone in such a brutal way,” said Khoza
MEC Khoza urged communities to be more proactive to ensure the safety of children.” Parents or guardians should know where their children are at all times,” she added.
Khoza said the circumstance around the toddler’s brutal murder should be thoroughly investigated with speed. The MEC has dispatched a team of social workers to provide psycho-social support to the family.
“We have full confidence in the law enforcement agencies that they will get to the bottom of the matter and ensure the arrest of the perpetrator. Police should follow up on all the possible leads on this case in order to secure conviction.”
The MEC further called on the community to remain calm. A 15-year-old has been arrested. A date for his court appearance has not been announced.