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Identity of dead Coligny boy still a mystery

29 April 2017

The identity of the 12-year-old boy, whose killing sparked violence in Coligny near Lichtenburg last week, remains a mystery. Despite efforts by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to trace the boy's relatives, no next of kin has come forward to claim the boy's remains.
Last week residents went on a rampage, indiscriminately looting and vandalising private property after news of the boy’s murder on a local farm spread through the farming town. Two men have since been arrested for the murder and briefly appeared at the local magistrate’s court.

The boy’s body is still unclaimed.

“We have been all around the township, from Scotland and everywhere, asking around for the Dikupe family or the Fani family but found nothing,” says one of the local residents.

The SAHRC has now joined the desperate search.

“That a child has died, nobody seems to know who this child belongs to. This child could not have just fallen from heaven and that is why I think there is such fear where people just feel that they can do as they please, kill a child and nothing happens but think something really needs to be done,”  says SAHRC's Angie Makwetla.

The two men accused of his murder, Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte, remain in police custody until their formal bail application on May 9.

Source: SABC

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