The body of a nine-year-old child was found at a dumping site in Bloekombos informal settlement, Kraaifontein. The victim was found still dressed in her school clothes, which she was last seen wearing on Monday, 27 August.
The victim, Previledge Mabvongwe, was reported missing after she took a taxi home on Monday afternoon and was not seen since.
She was wearing a blue school jersey, navy blue school skirt and a pair of black school shoes.
Speaking to News24, South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson, Noloyiso Rwexana, said that crime scene experts, Previledge’s family members, sexual offenses and child protection services were on the scene of the crime.
Cases of murder and abduction have now been opened for investigation.
This gruesome discovery happened after Western Cape Education MEC, Debbie Schäfer, warned both parents and pupils about the ongoing child abduction incidents in Cape Town.
It recently emerged that a student in the Southern Suburbs was abducted by unidentified males driving a white BMW, and was repeatedly sexually assaulted as they drove around with her for hours.
“The safety of our learners outside the school gates remains beyond our control, but schools need to ensure that there are safety measures in place at dismissal time,” said Schäfer. “Learners who are picked up at their school by parents or caregivers should remain within the school property until they have visibly identified their mode of transport. Learners who require public transport and are expected to walk to their relevant departure areas should travel in groups at all times. However, where feasible, parents must please arrange that this is as close to the school as possible.”