Nonhlanhla Khoza, MEC for Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal, has called for the full force of the law to be used after a six-year-old girl was discovered beheaded in a village in Estcourt.
According to Khoza, a 20-year-old suspect was involved in a fight with the child’s uncle just before the heinous murder.
“He allegedly left the home and secretly returned and entered the rondavel in which the child was sleeping. He was only noticed running out with a plastic bag dripping blood.”
Family members discovered the gruesome crime scene after discovering her body with the head missing, according to Khoza.
On Saturday, members of the community discovered the little girl’s head near the river. The suspect was apprehended and will appear in the Estcourt magistrate’s court this week.
“We condemn with the strongest terms possible such a barbaric act of this heartless criminal who murdered an innocent child. The gruesome circumstances of this case, where it is said that the child’s head was separated from the body, shows that the suspect had planned his act.
“Whatever that could have been an issue between the adults, the child was never involved. It is very painful that the child has suffered and died like this,” she said.
Khoza stated that a team of social workers provided psychosocial support to the family and will continue to do so until the family can cope with their traumatic experience. The team will also go to the little girl’s school to counsel the teachers and students.
“Our province has a lot of heartless criminals and we don’t understand where this extent of anger that leads to people treating children and women so violently emanates from. We have a number of murder cases of women and children. In some cases the killers are not found,” she said.