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Curburne van Wyk: Murder suspect expected in court

Katlego Phoku, known to the Reiger Park community as ‘Chicken’ will make his first court appearance today.

Three days after little Curburne van Wyk was reported missing his partially burnt body was found at a mine dump. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - As three-year-old Curburne van Wyk's family prepares to lay him to rest on Saturday, the man accused of his murder will make his first court appearance this morning.

Three days after little Curburne was reported missing his partially burnt body was found at a mine dump.

His father Elroy Peterson positively identified his son's body on Monday.

Katlego Phoku, known to the Reiger Park community as 'Chicken', was arrested on Wednesday - exactly a week after the child was kidnapped.

Phoku was arrested on Wednesday.

The police's Noxolo Kweza says the suspect was cornered in Germiston.

"We were looking for the suspect since the child went missing and the suspect's photo was publicised."

Residents also joined in on the police's search.

Meanwhile, little Cuburne was remembered in a moving memorial service on Thursday as a little boy who was always full of energy.

Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele, who addressed mourners at the service, says the toddler's death should serve as a warning for parents to take better care of their children.

Gungubele urged the community to unite against crime, to prevent child murders.

"If you were not serious when you said 'enough is enough', you better be serious now. If it was a publicity stunt, if it was a joke, the vulnerability of children is not a joke anymore."

The mayor also says Cuburne's killer deserves the harshest punishment and he hopes authorities prepare a water-tight case against him.