Police seek answers after latest child death

Police say they can’t disclose how much they are offering at the moment but add it’s a lot of money.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Tembisa police are searching for answers after the body of yet another child was found in Gauteng.

Five-year-old Madira Selota's body was found yesterday in the Phumolong Township on the East Rand after five days of searching for the little girl.

A number of children have been the target of criminals in the province over the past six weeks.

The police's Vincent Leshabane says they cannot disclose how much they are offering at the moment but says it's a large amount of money.

"It will be a huge amount of money and as the general of the area I'm going to make sure we get the information so the perpetrator can pay."

Selota disappeared from her home on Sunday.

She was sent to the local store by her parents but never returned.

Her decomposing body was found in an open field yesterday with injuries to her eyes and mouth.

A post-mortem will determine the exact cause of death.

Yesterday the police urged members of the public not to take the law into their own hands after the discovery of the body.


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

Last month 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 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 was killed in a hijacking in Boksburg after he was dragged behind his parents' hijacked car.