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Grandmother of raped, murdered Soweto girl (14) partially blames lockdown

The body of the grade nine pupil from Aurora Girls High School was found near a river on Friday.

Sphiwe Sibeko. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The grandmother of a 14-year-old girl who was raped and killed in Dobsonville in Soweto partially blames the COVID-19 lockdown for circumstances that led to the crime.

The body of the grade nine pupil from Aurora Girls High School was found near a river on Friday. According to the family, she went to nearby shops but never returned.

On Monday Joyce Sibeko said she was extremely close to her granddaughter, Sphiwe.

They lived in the same house and she recalled that she was an exemplary child.

“We have lost our daughter, granddaughter, who was brilliant at school and one of the top five students,” Sibeko said.

Sibeko said the family was puzzled by how Sphiwe disappeared on Thursday after she was supposed to go to the local shops, but never returned.

“It’s not safe when it’s the lockdown,” she said.

She called on anyone with information to come forward to assist the police to track down the culprits.

GRANDMOTHER PLEADS FOR LIFE SENTENCE

Meanwhile, Sibeko recalled how her granddaughter asked her if she wanted some snacks from the shop, but she never returned home.

She said she called her multiple times on her cellphone but it was already too late. Sibeko said she was struggling to accept that she had lost her grandchild.

“Whoever did it must just avail himself to the police. I hope the perpetrator does get a life sentence and no visitors in jail because my granddaughter was brutally murdered,” she said.

Police were following up on all possible information, including that Sibeko never even made it to the shops according to the owner.

For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.

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