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Search for Madikane's killers intensified

The 10-year-old's half burnt and naked body was found in an East Rand veld on Monday.

A photograph of 10-year-old Siphamandla Madikane whose body was found in the Ramaphosa informal settlement on 4 November. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Mondli Gungubele has called on authorities to do everything in their power to track down Siphamandla Madikane's killers.

Madikane's half burnt and naked body was found in a Reiger Park veld on Monday after he was reported missing the day before.

He disappeared from a friend's house in the Ramaphosa informal settlement on Sunday night.

Officials are now trying to determine whether or not he was raped as a used condom was found on the scene.

Ekurhuleni spokesperson Zweli Dlamini said the mayor condemned the incident in the strongest terms.

"This is one of those incidents that sends shivers down his spine and he has called on the police in terms of finding the perpetrators and locking them up as soon as possible."

Gungubele also appealed to parents to be more vigilant when it came to the whereabouts of their children.

Police say no arrests have been made as yet.

Madikane's murder is the latest in a string of attacks on children across the country in recent months.

In October, the bodies of Diepsloot cousins Zandile and Yonalisa Mali were found dumped inside a communal toilet.

A day later, two children were found dead in an abandoned building in Katlehong.

Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana has called on the justice system to deal harshly with those who abuse and kill children.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has condemned the recent spate of violent killings.

He said these murders were of great concern and called on communities to join forces and work together to prevent such crimes from occurring.

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