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Child murders: Gauteng children targeted

The recent murder of Madira Selota (5) has raised questions about why children are being targeted.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The murder of another child has raised serious questions about the safety of children, with many asking why children are being targeted.

Five-year-old Madira Selota is the latest child to be murdered, after a series of crimes against children in Gauteng.

A few weeks ago three-year-old Curburne van Wyk's body was found in Reiger Park, Westbury three-year-old Luke Tibbetts was killed by a stray bullet and four-year-old Taegrin Morris was dragged to his death next to his mom's car during a hijacking in Boksburg.

These are but a few children who fell victim to crime over the past few months.

Now residents in Phomolong say they don't only fear for children's' lives, but for their own.

Selota's body was dumped and later discovered in an open field in the Tembisa township on Friday.

She was found by a passer-by.

Her neighbour, Elizabeth Sindani says, "I feel very bad."

A community member said the area is not safe.

"If the police cannot find the person who killed her, it means none of us are safe."

The young girl's parents are both unemployed and say they don't know how they will cover the costs of their daughter's burial.

POLICE FOLLOW LEADS

Police are hoping to make headway in the next few to days to find the five-year-old girl's killer.

Her father has pleaded with authorities to find those responsible for her murder.

Selota's father, Jackson Malegodi, says after his daughter disappeared, he prayed for her safe return.

"My heart is still sore. I can't believe that my daughter is dead."

The unemployed father of two says he suspects her alleged killer lives in the community.

"I suspect the guy from the tuck shop because that's where she was last seen."

While it's not yet clear how the little girl died, her father says she had bruises on her neck and may have been strangled to death.

TWO ARRESTED FOR SOWETO MURDER

Two men are facing a charge of murder after a 13-year-old girl was shot in Protea Glen, Soweto.

The suspects were arrested at the weekend after one them was found with a firearm believed to have been used in the killing.

Police say the girl and five of her friends were in Thokoza Park, Rockville on Friday afternoon and were picked up by a group of young men travelling in a Kombi.

The surviving girls told police they were then transported to a house in Protea Glen where they were given alcohol.

When they refused, they were chased out of a house and several shots were fired at them.

The police's Kay Makhubela says the men will appear in court today.

"We are going to charge with murder, position of unlicensed firearm, robbery, kidnapping and they are going to appear before Protea Magistrate Court."

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