Kwazulu-Natal – The head and legs suspected of belonging to a 7-year-old boy who went missing last Thursday afternoon were found in a stream and bushes in the Ntshawini area in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday afternoon.
The family of the boy fears he may have been beheaded.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said tests needed to be done in order to confirm that the body parts belonged to the boy, TimesLIVE reported.
The family said the boy was last seen with a neighbour who sent him to a nearby tuck shop. The grade 2 boy returned from the shop and left, but failed to return home, the report said.
An aunt of the 7-year-old reportedly said that they thought he had spent the night at a neighbours house or with extended family. They looked for the boy on Friday but contacted the police after failing to find him.
HEAD AND LEGS FOUND IN KZN AFTER DISAPPEARANCE OF A 7- YEAR OLD BOY
The family of a missing seven-year-old boy fear he was beheaded after the discovery of body parts in the Ntshawini area near KwaDukuza (Stanger), north of Durban.
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The aunt, Ntombi Shange, reportedly said that the family received messages instructing them where to find the body.
“The messages were very specific, as they also told us we will find the head and the legs. The messages also made allegations, including that the child was killed by people in the community. The messages warned us that we must relocate.
“We didn’t believe them at first, but after we went with police, who came with dogs, and we found the boy, that’s when I believed everything,” Shange was quoted as saying.
“It’s hard for everyone and even worse for his mother. We are trying to be strong but it’s not easy losing a family member in such a manner,” she added.
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Compiled by Junaid Benjamin