Reiger Park residents vow vengeance

Curburne van Wyk's father earlier confirmed that the body he viewed this afternoon is that of his son.

Four-year-old Curburne van Wyk went missing last week in Reiger Park. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Angry residents of the Ramaphosa settlement in Reiger Park have threatened to take the law into their hands if they find the person suspected of killing three-year-old Curburne van Wyk.

The three-year-old was kidnapped while playing outside his parents' home on Wednesday, allegedly by a man known in the community as 'Chicken'.

The partially burnt body of a three-year-old boy was found at a mine dump in Reiger Park at the weekend.

He was found wearing tracksuit pants that van Wyk was wearing when he was last seen on Wednesday.

Earlier today, police and van Wyk's father confirmed that the body had been positively identified as van Wyk.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has urged the community to rather work with the police in finding the suspect.

"When there is crime they must stand up but they mustn't take the law into their own hands."


Van Wyk's father says he hopes the death of his son will unite the Ramaphosa community against crime, but he has also encouraged mothers to take extra care of their children.

Elroy Peterson says the community should stand together and says he prays for the police to find his son's killer before the community do.

"Hopefully the police find the suspects first because if the community finds them, they will do the same thing to him that they did to my son."


Mothers in the area say they fear for the lives of their children.

A group of women on Monday gathered outside van Wyk's home to offer their support to his family.

Another woman says all mothers in the area are worried about the safety of their children.

"My child and the rest of the community's children aren't safe. We are unhappy and if the police can't do something then the community must do something, because when something like this happens, the premier will come talk to us but nothing is done."

The three-year-old is the second child in the Ramaphosa area to be killed in a year following the death of 10-year-old Siphamandla Madikane.

The incident also comes in the wake of the death of four-year-old Taegrin Morris, who was killed last month in a hijacking Boksburg after he was dragged behind his parents' hijacked car.