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DNA links remains to boyTSHEPANG DISAPPEARED EIGHT YEARS AGO

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A group of children stumbled upon a human skull when they searched for their soccer ball that had ended up in the sewer

The drain where the bones and clothes were found. Photo: Soraya Crowie

THE DNA results of Tshepang Kaduka, who went missing in 2011, has tested positive, four years after his remains and clothes were found near an unused drain at the Valspan community hall near Jan Kempdorp in 2015.

Tshepang was four years old at the time of his disappearance and was last seen playing with his friends at his aunt’s house near the soccer field.

A group of children stumbled upon a human skull when they searched for their soccer ball that had ended up in the sewer on October 18 2015.

At the time of the discovery, parts of the body, including the jaw bone, spine, legs and arms were not retrieved, while the remains were already in an advanced state of decomposition.

The boy’s red tracksuit, a pair of denim pants and a pair of sneakers were also found near his body and were still intact.

Eyewitnesses recalled that there were vertical and horizontal cracks on the skull that could point to possible blunt force trauma.

Police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock, said the bones were sent for forensic testing in South Africa as well as to laboratories overseas.

“The police in Jan Kempdorp initially investigated a case of a missing person during 2011. The missing person investigation was changed to an inquest after the bones were discovered in 2015.

“Various interventions assisted the police in the identification process, which was later found to be positive. The name of the deceased cannot be released at this stage due to the sensitivity of the case. All the formal procedures still need to be dealt with before this can be done.”

He added that the inquest has been handed over to the senior state prosecutor for a decision.

Shock

The aunt of the deceased, Kaduka Winnifred Matthews, said yesterday that family members were in a state of shock after they were informed about the DNA test results.

“We do not know what to think or feel because during all these years we had not received any updates regarding progress on the case. At least we can put our minds to rest as there was a faint hope that perhaps he could still be alive. While it helps to have closure, the family has yet to be informed about the cause of death. There are still more questions than answers.

“We do not know if he was killed or if the person who took his life is still walking the streets. Even in the event that he was murdered, who do we accuse?”

She added that Tshepang was her sister’s only child. “He was her first-born and it seems it will be her last. He would have turned 12 this year, if he was still alive. His mother was traumatised upon hearing the news of the DNA results.”

Matthews stated that a memorial service and burial would take place at the family home in Jan Kempdorp this weekend.