MEC Nkosi-Malobane ‘devastated’ by brutal killing of child (5) in Soweto

It's alleged a 21-year-old man stabbed Tinyiko Mongwe in the neck while he was playing with his friends and then drank his blood.

FILE: Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says she is devastated by the brutal killing of a five-year-old in Orlando East, in Soweto on Monday.

It's alleged a 21-year-old man stabbed Tinyiko Mongwe in the neck while he was playing soccer with his friends and then drank his blood.

The suspect was arrested and scheduled to appear at the Orlando East Magistrates Court on Tuesday, but he could not appear as he is still receiving medical attention.

Nkosi-Malobane says it is disheartened that a child of such innocence is robbed at a chance to live.

“The purpose of our visit was to communicate our heartfelt condolences but also to assess if there is nay assistance that the family might need from us.”

She says government is taking this matter and security in the area very seriously.

“I’ve had a briefing with the police and they understand their mandate. The issue of visible policing is very key; an hour should not pass on our streets without a police vehicle being seen.”

The MEC says for the protection of the suspect and the community, her office will be opposing bail.