Maluti -A- Phofung Mayor dismayed by murder of seven-year-old

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Executive Mayor Vusimusi W Tshabalala, Cllr Masetjhaba Mosia Lakaje, Cllr Mofumahadi Thato Mopeli & Mother of the deceased Masesi Mollo

Maluti -A- Phofung municipality Executive Mayor, Vusimusi Tshabalala has conferred his condolences to the bereaved Mollo family of Intabazwe, following the shocking murder of seven-year-old, Kgantshe Mollo.

Tshabalala alongside members of his Mayoral Committee on Thursday paid a visit to the  Mollo residence after they learned of Kgantshe’s death.

The seven-year-old went missing on Tuesday 14th of November 2017 after which her body was found on Sunday the 18 of November at a mountain close to her neighborhood.

mayoral spokesperson Edwin Lecheko said following the disappearance of the young one, the community embarked on a door to door search which was not successful.

“A dreadful discovery was made that the deceased had been raped with eyes, ears, and mouth mutilated. With investigations underway a 56-year-old female ‘Sangoma’ has allegedly been found to be a suspect in the brutal murder,” Licheko said.

African National Congress Women’s League Chairperson in the Thabo Mofutsanyana district, Masetjhaba Masia-Lakaje, also expressed her anger following Mollo’s brutal murder.

“We are very sad and angry by what has happened here where a child‘s prospects of a bright future have been cut short by somebody who was supposed to protect the life of this child like it was her own because Ubuntu Africanism teaches us that every child is equally your responsibility,” Masia-Lakaje added.

She said it was sad to witness such incidents while the country was preparing to launch the annual 16 Days of Activism against women abuse campaign.

Meanwhile, Maluti -A- Phofung mayor Tshabalala said such inhuman acts denied the community from having future leaders, emphasising that the youth were the future of the country.

“We are very distraught by this occurrence within our area, because such inhuman acts deny us the opportunity to optimally explore the potential of this municipality because these are the people whom we believe are the ones who should lead this country and lead us to a prosperous future, the youth is an investment in our country,” the mayor said.

He further said that children should live in a safe environment in accordance with the Bill of Rights and urged parents as well as guardians to be aware of their children’s whereabouts at all times.

-TNA Reporter

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