Monday, 20 August 2018


This innocent eight-year-old, Vutlhari Sithole, had her innocence stripped away from her by a family friend, who allegedly pulled her away from a playground at Lehae with a promise of R10 (about N250).

The culprit has been identified to be one of her grandfather's colleague. After a 12-hour search, Vutlhari's grandfather, Zwelakhe Nukeri, found the body of the young child in the veld along the Highway.

“I saw that she was bashed in the head several times. Her neck was bruised because the guy strangled her. She was in a small ditch on the other side of the Golden Highway,” said Nukeri.
“Her pants were pulled down to her knees and you could see that she was fighting for her life because she also had bruises all over her body,” said an emotional Nukeri.

He said Vutlhari disappeared after she told her grandmother that she was going to play at a park near their house.

Her grandmother, Evodia Nukeri, grew concerned when she noticed that she had not returned after dark.

“We started a search party and even went into the veld nearby and came across two children who said they saw the suspect pulling a dustbin to the dumping site,” she said.

“I saw the suspect moments after and I asked him if he saw Vutlhari but he didn’t respond, instead he just walked away.

“I paid very little attention to his reaction. I was in a frantic state. We haven’t seen him (the suspect) since Friday night.”

Police spokesperson Captain Mpande Khoza, who confirmed the incident, said the 27-year-old suspect was being sought for Vutlhari’s rape and murder.

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