Ritual murder suspects to appear in court
Two 16-year-old boys are accused of killing two schoolgirls in a satanic ritual.
JOHANNESBURG - Two 16-year-old teenage boys accused of killing two Soweto schoolgirls, allegedly as part of a satanic ritual, are expected to appear in the Protea Magistrates Court this morning.
The bodies of 15-year-old Chwayita Rathazayo and 16-year old Thandeka Moganetsi were discovered on Wednesday morning by a community member who was passing by a field in the Dobsonville area.
Forensic pathologists carry the body of one of the girls found in Dobsonville on 19 February 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.
The police's Neville Malila says the boys were arrested at the George Khosa Secondary School yesterday, which is the same school which the victims attended.
Classes were suspended at the school yesterday as pupils, teachers and religious leaders from different churches gathered to pray for the families of the two teenagers.
Relatives say they last saw the girls leaving for school on Tuesday morning.
One of the victims' friends saw the girls leave the school with both boys on Tuesday afternoon.
One of the girls allegedly told her friends she would be accepted into a satanic group if she sacrificed the life of someone close to her.
The Occult Related Crimes Unit has been called in to investigate the case.
Meanwhile, Rathazayo's relatives say they will be in court today to face her alleged killers.
Her cousin says they are hopeful they will find out the circumstances which led to the grisly crime.
"We are hopeful we will find out what happened and are also happy police arrested the boys so quickly."