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Young girl found dead

Mamelodi residents vow not to rest until the killer of a young girl has been found.

An eight-year-old girl has been found dead in a stream in Mamelodi East after she went missing on Saturday.

Ntando Easter Khakudi’s body was discovered by a passer-by in SNS on Sunday afternoon.

Her hands and legs were tied and she appeared to have been strangled, said Gauteng police spokesperson Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini.

“It is alleged that the little girl was raped but we will wait for the post-mortem result to confirm that.”

Dlamini said a murder docket had been opened.

The victim’s aunt, Sarah Mthambo (48), said the little girl was last seen playing with her friends in Mthunzini Park in SNS on Saturday morning.

She was nowhere to be found later in the day. Family continued their search the next morning.

“This is heartbreaking and painful. I wish the person who did this could be caught so that he can pay for his evil deeds,” said Mthambo.

The heartbroken mother, Rosa Khakudi (43), said: “I want to see the person who did this to my daughter.”

She said Ntando was a loving girl who loved to play but also made time for her books. Ntando was in grade 2 in Motheo Primary School.

“The person who did this to the little girl is known to the little girl that is why the person killed her,” said Khakudi

Chairperson of the Mamelodi East CPF Eddie Mnguni said: “It is very disappointing because we thought the suspected serial killer in Mamelodi was behind bars. But yet they found another girl, who had a bright future, brutally killed.”

He encouraged locals to come forward if they had information that could be useful to the police in their investigation.

The CPF could also be approached, but upset residents should refrain from taking the law into their own hands, said Mnguni.

The latest crime statistics released last week revealed a sharp jump in the numbers of murders committed in Mamelodi in the 12 months up to March this year.

Also read: 

Crime statistics for Pretoria East

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