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2021/05/20      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel A Funani   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: Kgomotso police are investigating a case of rape and murder after the body of a four-year-old girl was found in the bushes on Sunday, 16 May 2021, at Kgomotso village near Taung.

According to information received, on Friday evening, 14 May 2021, the girl's mother, aged 32, took her daughter to her friend's place where she left her with six other children and went to a local tavern.
It is alleged that the mother came back drunk in the early hours of Saturday morning, 15 May 2021, and accompanied by two friends.  The mother who found the children sleeping, apparently slept in her friend’s room. She woke up in the morning and realised that the girl was missing.  As a result, she went to her residential place to look for the girl, but did not find her. A missing person enquiry was ultimately reported on Saturday, 15 May 2021.
Subsequent to the search conducted in the area, the girl's clothes and naked body were found in the bushes on Sunday, 16 May 2021. Preliminary investigation revealed that the young girl was allegedly raped and strangled to death.

Investigation into the matter continues and the police request anyone who may have information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect to call the Investigating Officer, Warrant Officer Akanyang Pitsonyane on 082 378 3262 Alternatively,  SAPS Crime Stop can be called on 08600 10111.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of North West, Major General Dintletse Molefe, condemned the incident and urged the community of Kgomotso to work with the police to ensure that the perpetrator is arrested. She further conveyed her condolences to the family and advised parents to be extra careful with their children and not to leave them unattended.