Lentswe, Klerksdorp - The executive mayor of the City of Matlosana, Cllr Maetu Kgaile expressed her outrage and indignation at the news of the gruesome murder of the 15-year-old school girl, Nombuyiselo Nombewu of Jouberton, following her disappearance from her home on Friday 14 May.
Her burned body was discovered almost two days after she went missing.
The police acted swiftly and intensive investigation lead to the arrest of a 32-year-old man on the same day her body was found.
It is said that he is a friend of the family. He was due to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 16 May on a charge of murder, but to everyone’s surprise, his court appearance was delayed until Wednesday 17 May.
According to the family of the young victim, she was last seen on Friday 12 May when her granny, Nomekile Nombewu sent her to a neighbour.
Granny Nombewu was shocked to learn that the same man who asked her who she was looking for on the street so late that night, is the same man who was arrested for murdering her grandchild.
“When she did not return from the neighbour we searched everywhere for her. We decided to open a missing person case at the police the following day,” granny Nombewu said.
Adding to the trauma, another woman was also found murdered in her home in Ext 7. “In the same vein we condemn the brutal murder of a 58-year-old Jouberton woman who was found half-naked after being stabbed to death in her house around the same period.
“Whatever the motive for these murders, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of innocent souls. Human life is far too precious and irreplaceable. No one has the right to take away life of another so these brutalities are a serious insult to the constitutional right to life,” Mayor Kgaile said.
She said when millions of mothers around the world were celebrating Mother’s Day; Nombuyiselo’s mom was struck by the devastating news of the brutal and inhumane murder of her daughter at the hands of cruel and barbaric forces.
“These incidents happened at a time when there is far too much violence in our society especially against women and young girls. We call on the community of Matlosana to unite in collaborative action with our police to stop this vicious cycle of violence and abuse.
“We commend the police for arresting the suspect linked to the murder of young Nombuyiselo and further urge them to leave no stone unturned in their investigations so that justice is swiftly meted to whoever is responsible for these ghastly deeds,” she further said.
She said on behalf of all the citizens of Matlosana and in her own capacity as a mother, she convey heartfelt condolences to the affected families and wish them strength. Our prayers are with them during this sad period.