Anger mounts after discovery of child's body

Five-year-old Madira Selota’s body was found today in the Phomolong township after she went missing on Sunday.

The body of five-year-old Madira Selota was discovered in the Phomolong Township on 5 September, 2014. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have urged members of the public to not take the law into their own hands after the body of a five-year-girl was found in the Phomolong township earlier today.

Madira Selota was reported missing on Sunday after she was sent to a local store by her parents.

Selota's body was discovered by passer-by who works in the area. Authorities say the little girl's body was found in a decomposing state with damage to her eyes and mouth.

The police's Vincent Leshabane says a post-mortem report is yet to determine the cause of death

Community members in Phomolong say they are tired of senseless killings following Selota's murder.

A community member says it's heartbreaking.

"We are so sad and disappointed because this is not the first time and there are many people who are dying like this."

A case of murder has been opened.

Selota is the latest child to fall victim to crime over the past six weeks.

Three-year-old Luke Tibbetts was shot in the head by a stray bullet while sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them in Westbury last month in a suspected gang-related incident.

He died in hospital six days later.

Tibbetts's death came just three weeks after the death of four-year-old Taegrin Morris who was killed in a hijacking in Boksburg after he was dragged behind his parents' hijacked car.