16-Year-Old Bloemfontein Teenager’s Body Found 2 Days After She Went Missing, South Africans Mourn

16-Year-Old Bloemfontein Teenager’s Body Found 2 Days After She Went Missing, South Africans Mourn

  • A young woman went missing over the weekend in Bloemfontein, Free State
  • The South African Police Service revealed that the teenager's brother called her phone and a man answered and demanded a ransom
  • Her body was discovered on 4 December 2023, and South Africans complained about how unsafe Mzansi has become for women

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years.

A teenager who went missing was found dead two days later in Bloemfontein
16-year-old Machaka Radebe was found with a knife wound in her back after going missing. Image: Am_Bluejay
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The country was heartbroken as the search for a missing young woman ended after her body was found. The 16-year-old went missing on Saturday, was reported on the same day and was found dead on 4 December 2023. South Africans were shaken by her death and cried over the rate of women dying.

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Bloemfontein teenager goes missing

According to the South African Police Service, 16-year-old Machaka Radebe from Bloemfontein in the Free State allegedly went missing on Saturday, 2 December. It was alleged that she and her brother were napping at home. The young man woke up and went to look for his sister, and when he could not find her, he called her phone. Her phone was answered by a man who allegedly demanded ransom money or else she would be killed.

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The police in Bloemspruit reportedly received intel about a body dumped in a field. Cops investigated and found the girl had a knife wound in her back. She was certified dead on the scene and the police are investigating.

South Africans fear for women's safety

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Netizens commenting on the Facebook post questioned the senselessness of the crime.

Sivuyile Sivs Nogabe asked:

“How do these people get away with such atrocities so easily? Oh, Lord, have mercy and may her soul rest in perfect peace.”

Eric Blessing Leisa added:

“We need to stand up as a community, otherwise this will escalate.”

Vuyisile Mavuya was hurt.

“Sincere condolences to the family, friends and school.”

Tshidiso Lawrence Motsuane remarked:

“Yoh, some people are heartless, shame.”

DK Diseko asked:

“Can the SAPS at least start patrolling 24/7. Because we truly feel unsafe now.”

Manana Angy Staat observed:

“I can’t imagine the fear of that child while all of this was happening to her.”

Matric student bitten by a snake, SA devastated

Earlier, Briefly News reported that a snake killed a grade 12 teenager from Bushbuckridge.

The young girl attended a camp to prepare matriculants for the 2023 National Senior Certificate exams. It was not clear what snake bit her. South Africans mourned her death and some blamed the school for not taking safety precautions.

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