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Community in shock after boy’s death

Siphamandla Madikane’s body was found by a resident after he went missing on Sunday afternoon.

A photograph of Siphamandla Madikane. The 10-year-old was murdered and possibly raped. His half burned body was found in Ramaphosa on 4 November. Picture: Supplied

REIGER PARK - Community members at the Ramaphosa informal settlement in Reiger Park are still reeling in shock on Tuesday after the half-burned body of a 10-year-old boy was discovered in a bush on Monday evening.

Siphamandla Madikane's body was found by a resident after he went missing on Sunday afternoon.

Police say he was found in an empty field on the East Rand and a used condom was found at the scene, suggesting he may also have been raped.

Madikane's family reacted angrily to his death.

His 23-year-old sister says she hopes the people responsible suffer the same fate.

Madikane's teacher Mariam Maroga says parents should know where their children are at all times.

She says they should teach their children not to accept money or treats from strangers, instead of shifting the responsibility onto educators.

Other community members say they are worried about the safety of their own children.

Police say no arrests have been made as yet.