Gauteng police reopen 7-year-old case

Gauteng police confirmed last week that they were reopening an investigation into the abduction and murder of 10-year-old Marissa Naidoo.

Naidoo’s body was found in a suitcase in a flat in Benoni nearly seven years ago.

She was taken from her primary school three days prior. 

The main suspect Raveen Rampershad jumped from the balcony of the flat she was found in and died.

Naidoo's father, Lings, felt that an inquest into his daughter’s murder did not truly get to the bottom of the crime.

He was always convinced Rampershad did not work alone and spent years trying to convince authorities of this.

“I've been following up leads and I’ve been questioning people.

“Following my own daughter's trial in court, I  found that there were a lot of irregularities.”

He was finally granted an audience with Deputy Provincial Commissioner Tebello Mosikili who agreed to reopen the case.

Spokesperson Katlego Mogale admits some of the initial leads were not properly investigated.

“The case of abduction and subsequent death has been reopened.”

But police officers spent the past month looking for the original docket which appears to have gone missing.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)