SHOCK: Community and family members gather outside the family home of eight-year-old Nonjabulo Sabelo, the latest victim of a spate of brutal attacks on young children in the province. Picture: Mthobisi Mbanjwa
Political and community leaders are outraged by the upsurge in the killings of young school children in the province in recent weeks.
There have been five brutal killings of children in the past four weeks and in some incidents the victims were raped.
The killings included two girls, aged 14 and 13, who were raped, killed and dumped in the bushes near Jozini last month.
The latest victim was Nonjabulo Sabelo, 8, whose body was found inside the Umzwilili Primary school premises in Umlazi last Thursday.
She had been missing for several days during which a frantic search by the community and the police dog unit was conducted.
When she was found there were signs that she had been raped and killed elsewhere and her body dumped inside the school premises.
On Monday, the provincial MEC for social development, Weziwe Thusi, visited the Sabelo’s family in Umlazi.
Thusi expressed her deepest condolences to the family for their loss and promised that her department would campaign to fight this scourge by encouraging communities to be on the alert for criminals.
Local community organisations including Childline have condemned the spate of child killings and have urged the government to take a stronger stance against those found guilty of these crimes.