The senseless killing of a 12-year-old girl from Bronville has left the community reeling in shock.
In the early hours of Friday (01/11) Vuyiswa Leeu asked her grandmother if she could go to the outside toilet. The grandmother went with her.
“While the grandmother was in the toilet she alleges she heard the child speaking to someone. When she went outside, the girl had disappeared,” says Brig. Motantsi Makhele, police spokesperson.
After a search they found the lifeless body of Leeu behind a shack. Her throat had been slit.
) Vista has received confirmed information about a rape, and unconfirmed information about two rapes, which occurred on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in Bronville. The community says there are not enough police officers in Bronville to keep them safe.
It is alleged that on Sunday (03/11) a 38-year-old woman was repeatedly raped by two men who illegally entered her home.
The men, wearing balaclavas and gloves, took items from the house which included money, a tablet and shoes.
A case of house robbery and rape are being investigated by the Thabong Cluster Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit.
The uncle of a young woman (22) who was allegedly raped on Monday (unconfirmed) says the community has had enough of the crime spikes in Bronville.
“There were three rapes in Bronville on Monday and Tuesday. We do not feel safe anymore, something must be done.
No arrests have been made in any of these cases.
People with information about the murder must contact Det. WO Gosiame PamlaSTET of the Bronville SAPS on 072-049-8654 or dial the SAPS Crime line on 08600-10111.
Any information on the rapes must be given to Det. Const. Pontsho Mathoka on 073-472-7987.
Vista has asked Makhele about the spike in alleged rapes and the community’s concern as to a lack of police resources in their community.
He says Bronville, like any police precinct, is being policed and resourced. “From time to time there are instances which might look as if there are not enough resources to police, both human and physical,but realistically there is enough being done to address the situation, both through hard and soft policing.
“We urge the community of Bronville to attend the Imbizos (community meetings) when they are called by the station commander. Here they can raise their concerns, and not through utilisation of the media.
“Crimes against women and children are a great concern to us, not only in Bronville, but everywhere. We request our communities to work with us to address moral regeneration,” says Makhele.
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