Body of missing Grade 2 learner found ‘behind backroom’ in Katlehong

Body of missing Grade 2 learner found ‘behind backroom’ in Katlehong

A Grade 2 learner from Sekgutlong Primary School went missing over the weekend and not too long after her disappearance was found brutally murdered. Her body, according to police, was found behind a backroom in Katlehong. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said he is appalled by the horrifying death of the Grade 2 girl learner.

BODY OF GRADE 2 LEARNER FOUND BEHIND BACKROOM

It is alleged that the learner had gone missing from her home on Sunday 11 October 2020. According to the Gauteng Department of Education, she was allegedly raped and murdered and was found in one of the neighbours’ backyards. Police, however, did not make mention of a rape incident.

“According to the information at our disposal, a suspect has been apprehended by the police,” said Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona.

Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said members from Katlehong North SAPS on Monday morning were alerted to the body of a child found in Motloung Section in Katlehong.

“On arrival at the scene, police found the little girl’s body behind a backroom. Paramedics certified the child dead on the scene,” said Peters.

“It has since been confirmed that the deceased eight-year-old girl had been reported missing by her mother on Sunday evening around 22:00. A case of murder has been opened as police investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the child. The post mortem will further determine the exact course of her death,” added Peters.

Lesufi expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the girl learner and denounced the gruesome acts that led to the learner’s death.

“It is with great sorrow to hear about the disheartening passing of one of our youngest learners at Sekgutlong Primary School. We rebuke the horrifying acts of the perpetrators involved in the death of this learner, and we wish for the uncompromised safety of all our learners,” said Lesufi.

“Our Psycho-Social Unit will visit the school to provide the necessary counselling [for] those who have been affected by this terrible incident,” he added. 

TWO MATRIC PUPILS KILLED BY TAXI 

Not only has the death of a Grade 2 learner come as tragic news but so has the death of two other matric pupils in Mpumalanga. The Department of Education in the province released a statement on Tuesday saying that a taxi driver, who was allegedly trying to escape traffic officers, lost control of the vehicle and ploughed into four pupils.

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Two of the matric pupils, who had just completed their preliminary examinations, sadly succumbed to their injuries. The other two pupils had been sent to hospital for treatment.

MEC for Education Bonakele Majuba expressed his message of condolences to the families of the two pupils who passed away.

“We are deeply hurt and saddened by this callous act of taking away these two innocent lives at the prime of their youth. Our hearts pour out condolences to their beloved families and friends. We also wish the other two learners well, to heal and recuperate fully and fast,” said Majuba.   

“We implore the law to take its course on reckless driving to curb incidents such as these. May the two learners who passed on, rest peacefully,” added Majuba.

The Department has offered counselling to the pupils who have been affected by the incident.

 

SOURCE: THESOUTHAFRICANS

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