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Cuburne van Wyk murder case postponed

Nathaniel Katlego Mpoku made a brief appearance in court this morning.

Three-year-old Cuburne van Wyk’s mother Lezell being comforted outside court following another postponement in his murder case on 17 December 2014. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Boksburg Magistrate Court has postponed the case against the man accused of the murder of three-year-old Cuburne van Wyk until next year for further investigation.

The child's burnt body was found at a dump site in Reiger Park in August.

Nathaniel Katlego Mpoku made a brief appearance in the Boksburg Magistrates Court this morning.

Magistrate Emmanuel Magampa told the court the Director of Public Prosecutions still needs more time to investigate the case as new evidence has emerged and that has to be considered.

Mpoku stood in the dock with his hands behind his back and avoided eye contact with those in the public gallery.

Van Wyk's family attended today's proceedings wearing t-shirts bearing the little boy's face.

The child's mother broke down outside court, frustrated by another delay in the case.

The matter has been postponed until 5 January.

The child disappeared while playing outside with his siblings. His body was discovered by a passer-by at a mine dump three days later.

This is the latest case to be called into question after charges were dropped in the case involving slain football star Senzo Meyiwa who was shot dead while visiting his girlfriend's mother's home in Vosloorus on 26 October.

Charges were also withdrawn against the man accused of murdering four-year-old Taegrin Morris, who was dragged by his mother's car during a hijacking in July.