Missing five-year-boy from Tzaneen found dead

14 September 2018 - 08:55 By Naledi Shange
The body of five-year-old Khaya Restoration Rikhotso from Maake near Tzaneen, was discovered by Limpopo police on Thursday.
The body of five-year-old Khaya Restoration Rikhotso from Maake near Tzaneen, was discovered by Limpopo police on Thursday.
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A five-year-old boy from Maake near Tzaneen who was reported missing earlier this month has been found dead‚ said Limpopo police.

Khaya Restoration Rikhotso's body was found on Thursday‚ said Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

"The deceased was allegedly found by a passerby in some bushes following a massive search operation by the police‚ the family and the local community. The circumstances around the victim's death is subject to the ongoing police investigations‚" Ngoepe said.

"This discovery follows his disappearance on the 6th September. It is alleged that his grandmother saw him playing at the gate inside the yard. Later on‚ she checked on him and discovered that he was nowhere to be found‚" said Ngoepe.

Ngoepe would not immediately disclose how Khaya died‚ saying it would all form part of their investigation.

The discovery of the little boy's body comes just days after the body of another missing boy from Durban was found in a ravine.

The decomposing body was found by police and security guards‚ who were led on a pursuit deep into a bush by men who had robbed a salon in Phoenix on Monday last week.

A search dog tracking the robbers had deviated from their scent – honing in on the decomposed remains of a boy still clad in school uniform.

The body was found near the home of butcher Mohammed Ebrahim‚ who was linked to the boy’s disappearance on July 17.

Ebrahim‚ of Longbury Drive in Phoenix‚ was arrested three days after Miguel was last seen. When he was detained‚ he was found in possession of Miguel’s original birth certificate and Miguel’s mother’s identity document.

CCTV footage showed Miguel at a KFC with Ebrahim‚ an acquaintance of the family for about two weeks‚ on the day of his disappearance.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that Ebrahim would now face an additional charge of murder.

Earlier this week‚ the police released the crime statistics for the 2017/18 financial year which revealed the shocking number of crime against children.

The statistics revealed that a total of 985 children had been murdered across the country in the last financial year. Most of them were boys.

Of the murdered children‚ 691 were boys while 294 were girls.

The majority (279) of the children were killed in the Western Cape‚ followed by KwaZulu-Natal (221) and the Eastern Cape (180).