CAPE TOWN, July 31 – Police have arrested two suspects, aged 19 and 30, for the murder of a five-year-old girl in Riebeek West, north of Cape Town.
Police spokesperson, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, said the arrests followed cooperation from the local community after the body of the girl was found on a local farm at around 5pm on Sunday.
“Partnership policing paid off yesterday (Sunday) in Riebeek West, when the community cooperated with the police by bringing to them an alleged perpetrator to be arrested for the murder of a five-year-old girl,” Rwexana said.
“After following up on information, another suspect was also arrested in connection with the same murder.”
It is believed the girl was killed on Sunday.
According to reports, the child was reported missing by her grandmother on Sunday. Her lifeless body was found later that same day.
The two suspects will appear in the Malmesbury Magistrate’s Court on August 1, with both facing charges of murder.
Police management in the Western Cape expressed its deep concern and said it was disturbed by the “gruesome killing of children in the Province and, with Women’s Month approaching, it was reiterated that crimes against women and children remain a priority in the SAPS all year round and that the perpetrators of these crimes will be hunted down mercilessly, to face the full might of the law.”