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Reiger Park mother convinced burnt body is her son's

Chriselle van Wyk believes the body that was discovered in a mine dump is her son, Curburne.

Curburne van Wyk went missing while playing with his brother and sister outside his parent’s yard in Reiger Park on Wednesday. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While police continue DNA tests on a child's body that was discovered at a mine dump in Reiger Park, the mother of a three year old boy says she's convinced it is her son.

Curburne van Wyk went missing while playing with his brother and sister outside his parent's yard in Reiger Park on Wednesday.

Since then members of the community have launched a search for a suspect believed to have kidnapped him who is still on the run.

Late on Saturday police said they had found the body of a partially burnt child at a mine dump near the township.

Police say the DNA tests will take two days before the identity of the boy can be established but Curburne van Wyk's mother Chriselle says a social worker has already identified him.

"She said she can make my son out from the tracksuit pants, t-shirt, takkies, everything."

She says the social worker found a stone on the side of Curburne's face which had been badly burnt.

"There was a stone on his head. The one side was burned, the other side wasn't burned. She said on the side that wasn't burned you can see it is the child."

The family struggled to express their emotions but say the entire community is outraged by what happened.

Meanwhile, four year-old Taegrin Morris was killed in Reiger Park about three weeks ago when he was dragged at the side of his parent's hijacked car.

Furthermore, Bronkhorstspruit police are still searching for those responsible for kidnapping five-year-old Mongezi Phike last month during a hijacking.

The hijackers held the child captive for five days, then dumped him on the streets of Johannesburg before he was taken to a children's home.

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