-Pastor Mahlapahlapana Themane, the father of the young man who had been allegedly murdered by a group of high school pupils, has spoken out about his son's death
- The 59-year-old says he has chosen not to watch the videos of the attack
- The five suspects, Grade 9 and 10 pupils, will be appearing in court tomorrow on murder charges
Thoriso Themane was a college student with musical talent before his murder. His father, a 59-year-old pastor, has spoken out after his death.
Mahlapahlapana says that his son had left church practice one Saturday and never returned:
"We left for church on Sunday and left the house unlocked, thinking he will come home. However, I was suspicious because he always texted or called to inform us what time he will be coming back home. After the church service he was still nowhere to be found,"
Ultimately, after a frantic search, he had found his son's body at Polokwane Provincial Hospital. The pastor says he has chosen not to watch the videos of his attack, which had gone viral on social media. Mahlapahlapana's only wish is that those responsible pay for their crime.
According to News24, the father of a 15-year-old boy, one of the five people arrested in connection with the murder, has come out in defense of his son.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his son, is believed to be a retired police officer, commented that:
"I can’t send my son to do crime, it was just a group of naughty boys who got involved in something they know nothing about,"
The retired officer says that his son confessed to the part he played in the assault, claiming that Themane had stolen a friend's cellphone.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that claims had been circulating that the boy is being protected by his 'untouchable' father. The officer has denied this, responding that this was simply not the case.
An online petition has been circulated, calling for the arrest and prison sentences for the murderers. To date, it has garnered over 17 000 signatures.
Khehla John Sitole, National police commissioner general, has confirmed that the five suspects will be appearing in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court tomorrow. They are facing murder charges at the young ages of 15 and 16.
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