- Residents of Cape Town have been left in shock and disbelief after two children were murdered within days of each other
- Police have found the body of a child in a shallow grave near Nyanga, the body has yet to be officially identified
- This follows the discovery of nine-year-old Previledge Mabvongwe’s body at a dump site in Bloemkombos on Thursday
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Residents of Cape Town have been left in shock and disbelief after the latest spate of child murders in the city. Two children have been found murdered within days of each other. The city has become infamous for child murders. Official figures show 66 children were murdered last year.
Police have found the body of a child in a shallow grave near Nyanga, the body has yet to be officially identified. This follows the discovery of nine-year-old Previledge Mabvongwe’s body at a dump site in Bloemkombos on Thursday.
Mabovongwe was reported missing on Monday by her distraught mother. Witnesses have already confirmed that she was seen getting off a taxi after school on Monday. The taxi dropped the nine-year-old within sight of her Kraaifontein home.
Briefly.co.za gathered that police confirmed that her body was discovered on Thursday. Her remains were found in a dumping site which is believed to be less than 100m away from where she was snatched.
Police have appealed to anyone who has information about the crime to contact officers and make a statement or to call the police station to deliver a telephonic statement.
Mabovongwe’s distraught mother has reportedly been hospitalised after police confirmed that the body was that of her daughter.
Meanwhile, police are investigating a case of murder and abduction related to the body of the toddler which was found near Nyanga.
Police have declined to comment on the identity of the child, but Eyewitness News reported that it believed the body was that of missing two-year-old Oyincwele Zokufa.
The toddler was last seen on Sunday, police are investigating the family. It was reported that the Oyincwele went missing after an argument between his aunt and her boyfriend.
These latest incidents highlight the severity of the problem which faces Cape Town. Just last week Andrew Plaatjies was convicted of murdering 13-year old Rene Roman last week.
Timeslive.co.za reported that Plaatjies was sentenced to 50-years in prison for the crime. Judge Robert Hennie said he hoped the sentence would prove to be a deterrent to other would-be criminals.
The City of Cape Town and Western Cape governments have been grappling with how to best deal with the high rate of crimes committed against children in the city and province.
One of the biggest challenges facing authorities is that the crimes are often committed by family members or close family friends. This makes it difficult to protect vulnerable children.
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