An 8-year-old identified as Vutlhari Sithole, has been found dead after disappearing at a playground near her home, on Friday evening, in Lehae, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sowetanlive reports.
Her family is haunted by the state of her body, which was found dumped in the veld. A neighbour, who is also her grandfather’s colleague, allegedly told her to follow him to his house where he promised to give her 10 rands.
Vutlhari’s grandfather, Zwelakhe Nukeri, said he was shattered when he saw the girl’s lifeless body. The discovery came after a 12-hour search on Saturday. “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.
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.
Police spokesperson Captain Mpande Khoza said a 27-year-old suspect was being sought for Vutlhari’s rape and murder.