Missing girl found dead in drain

The decomposed body of a little girl was found on Friday afternoon. Photo: Stephen Selaluke

Forensic tests are underway to confirm that the body of a young girl found in Mamelodi is that of missing Zinhle Ndala.

“These results take time and the police wish to do their work properly. We will not rush forensics,” said Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng this week.

The nine-year-old Zinhle’s mother Thoko said she positively identified her child’s body at the mortuary from her clothes and hairstyle.

The decomposed body was found in a stormwater drain on the corner of Mathlare and Tsomo streets on Friday afternoon. She went missing on 4 January.

Thoko said she was heartbroken but was consoled by the fact that the family would now get closure.

“Now we can have a proper funeral.”

The date for the funeral is still to be set.

Bystanders said a municipal cleaner saw a skull sticking out from under a black refuse bag near the entrance of Rethabile sports ground in Mamelodi East. He alerted the police.

Zinhle went missing while playing with friends in the street. She was last seen wearing a green t-shirt and blue jeans.

Since her disappearance, residents have been supporting Zinhle’s family with prayer sessions outside the family home and by distributing pamphlets to try and find her.

Also read:

Nine-year-old Mamelodi girl missing

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Number of missing people grows

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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