Twenty-three-year-old Marvin Minnaar has been charged with the murder of Sibusiso Dakuse, a 12-year-old boy who went missing in Hout Bay on Wednesday, February 26. His body was found two days later in the reeds of Kronendal Farm, a mere 10 minutes away from his home in Mandela Park.

It was discovered that Minnaar was Sibusiso’s basketball coach at Sentinel Primary School. During his appearance at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court this morning, it was discovered that he made a full confession to police shortly after his arrest on Friday, February 28.

As the police investigation is still underway, more charges may be added. For now, Minnaar has one charge of murder against him.

The case has been postponed until March 17, as police gather more bail information. This also gives Minnaar the chance to consult with his legal aid lawyer on whether he will be applying for bail.

The atmosphere in court was tense as Minnaar appeared in the dock. When Sibusiso’s mother laid eyes on him, she reportedly collapsed and had to be helped up by the Western Cape MEC for Health, Nomafrench Mbombo.

According to his aunt Amelia Dakuse, her nephew was at a basketball game on the evening when he went missing with two friends. There, Minnaar approached them to accompany him to a local pharmacy. The two friends declined, and Sibusiso accompanied him. The 12-year-old was found dead two days later.

As Sibusiso’s parents do not live together, both of them had assumed that the boy had slept over at the other’s house. When they realised he was nowhere to be found the next morning, he was reported missing to the Hout Bay police.

Minnaar reportedly also helped the community search for the boy.

Picture: Marvin Minnaar/Facebook

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