By Thandi Mathebula
Kgohlelelo Selowa (5) will be buried on Sunday morning in Namakgale cemetery.
The child was killed in a cold-blooded murder allegedly by his cousin, Kagiso Moyane (27) who is suspected of being under the influence of drugs when he committed the murder.
Kgohlelelo’s body was found with multiple stabbing injuries in the village of Makhushane-Nyakelane in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa.
Police said that on Monday, June 6 at about 4:30 pm, the child’s mother returned from work and when she did not find her two minor children at home, she assumed they were playing at the neighbor’s house like they always do.
She was alarmed when she found only the eldest and started looking for the 05-year-old with the help of community members, police said.
It was only after some time that the distraught mother decided to check inside her nephew’s room who is staying few houses away and made the shocking discovery of the infant’s lifeless body next to the basin, police said.
Police were immediately notified and upon arrival, the body of Kgohlelelo was found with multiple stab wounds.
A case of murder was opened and Police started with initial investigations. A knife and sharp object believed to be the weapons used during the murder were found next to the body. The suspect had already fled the scene, police added.
Around 8pm, the alleged suspect was stalked and attacked by members of the community, when the police arrived on the scene, they found Kagiso seriously assaulted and tied up with a rope.
He was rescued and taken to the hospital where he succumbed to the injuries in the early hours of Tuesday, 07 June.
Giyani View has learned that Makhushane Nyakelang 2 is one of the area in Phalaborwa plunged by drug substance abuse.
Ba-phalaborwa municipality Mayor, Cllr Merriam Malatjib urged the police to quickly apprehend people who sell drugs to young children, as it is rapidly destroying their future.
She also called all Stakeholders, the police and Ward Councillors to urgently convene a community meeting to discuss the scourge of drug abuse in the area.