Mother of an An eight-year-old South African girl has been thrown into pains after her little girl was raped and murdered by a family friend over the weekend in Johannesburg.
Reports says Vutlhari Sithole disappeared last Friday evening, August 17, at a playground in Lehae, south of Johannesburg. Her body was discovered on Saturday, after a 12-hour search.
A neighbour, who is also her grandfather’s colleague, allegedly told her to follow him to his house where he promised to give her R10.
She said they are haunted by the state of her body, which was found dumped in the veld. Vutlhari’s grandfather Zwelakhe Nukeri said he was shattered when he saw the girl’s lifeless body in the veld along the Golden 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.
Vutlhari lived with her grandparents in Lehae, while her mother lives in Tzaneen, Limpopo. Nukeri said he struggled to hold back the tears and the image of Vutlhari’s lifeless body haunts him.
“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.