The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole has instructed the Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba to immediately institute a 72-Hour Activation Plan after learning of the gruesome discovery of four bodies belonging to siblings aged between three and nine on 18 February 2020, in Limpopo, Mecklenburg area outside Burgersfort.
At this stage, the police would like to find the children’s father aged 52 years, who is reported to have been the last person seen with the children at Ga-Pasha village.
The bodies of Katlego and Adel, nine and three year old boys as well as Joyce and Tshepo aged seven and five respectively were found in the bushes about five kilometers away from their home.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that the father allegedly asked the driver of the scholar transport for his children and since the driver knew the father, he permitted him to take them.
The motive for this brutal murders has not yet been established but investigations continue.
The National Commissioner has condemned the murders in the strongest terms citing that this is the time when every community has to take a stance against crimes against women and children. “I have instructed the Provincial Commissioner to ensure that seasoned detectives and all resources needed to investigate these murders are implemented within the 72 hours”.
“I am calling on the communities in and around Mecklenburg, to partner with the police in the search for the person responsible for these horrendous murders. Someone, somewhere saw something. Let us bring justice to the remaining family of these young innocent children,” appealed General Sitole who went on to emphasise that crimes against women and children are a priority for the SAPS and that the police will not rest until they have the perpetrator behind bars.
Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect is encouraged to send tip-offs on the MySAPS APP or to contact the SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111.
All information received will be treated with confidentiality.
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