Soshanguve Hijack Victim Ditebogo Phalane Jr to Be Buried, South Africans in Tears

Soshanguve Hijack Victim Ditebogo Phalane Jr to Be Buried, South Africans in Tears

  • Ditebogo Phalane Jr will be buried today in Soshanguve after his brutal murder a few weeks back
  • Hijackers shot and killed him in cold blood as they were hijacking his father, and he ran out to greet him
  • Netizens were torn by the little boy's death and mourned the state of crime and having to lose a child at that young age

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Ditebogo Phalane Jr will be buried in Soshanguve
Mzansi mourned after watching a clip of Ditebogo Phalane's memorial service. Images: @TrueCrimeUpdat/X and Kelvin Murray
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SOSHANGUVE – Little Ditebogo Phalane Jr will be laid to rest on Friday, 17 February, weeks after hijackers shot and killed him in cold blood.

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SA mourns Ditebogo

@KayaNews shared a video of the funeral processing. His memorial service took place at the Kopanong Hall in Soshanguve. Phalane died after he ran out to greet his father, only to discover that his father was being hijacked. The suspects shot him multiple times, and he died later at a hospital. View the video here.

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South Africans were heartbroken

Netizens were devastated by the child's death.

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Khetani Chabane said:

"The pain of losing a child is the most devastating thing to ever occur. I'm heartbroken."

MaO said:

"You may be gone, but you'll never be forgotten. Sorry, boy, for this horrendous country we have created for you as your elders."

Ngwato said:

"No parents must bury their kids."

Tat'uRadebe said:

"The kid was robbed of his life before it started."

ABillionairesWife said:

"May God comfort his family. This is just too much."

SAPS arrest 2 suspects in connection to Ditebogo's death

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the South African Police Service arrested two suspects related to Ditebogo's death.

Gauteng commissioner Lieutenant-General Tommy Mthombeni updated the media and said one of the suspects was found not too far from the crime scene with a gun linked to a 2021 hijacking incident.

Source: Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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