Eastern Cape Premier, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane paid tribute to the late six-year-old Inathi Mhlahlo, who’s half-naked body was found in bushes near her home, Mdantsane N.U 8.
Inathi left her home mid-day, on 26 October to buy sweets in a nearby shop as usual, but this day didn’t return home. When Inathi didn’t return at her home, her family sounded the alarm and started looking for her in the neighbourhood, until a neighbour, a man in his 30s confirmed to have found the little girl’s half naked body with a stab wound on the neck.
Outraged community members at N.U 8 then taken the law into their own hands, called an ‘Imbizo” where they undergone their investigation and killed one of three men accused of the rape and murder of the child.
“Let law take its course, as we may never know whether the person killed was the right suspect” Premier said at the funeral in a tent with community members and Zuzile Primary School learners where Inathi used to learn.
Premier condemned the act by community members and urged law enforcement officials to respond to the matter to the best of their ability and ensure that perpetrators rot in jail.
Premier poured words of condolences to the family, and the entire nation “The tragedy and killing of Inathi have touched the entire nation and have reminded us all of Uyinene Mrwetyana and other women who died like Inathi”
“Government is here today to mourn with this family, ikhaya lakwaGaba, also as government, we have heard the call of the needy Inathi’s mother, today we commit to work together and build a house for her to ensure her safety and dignity”
Sergeant Dlembula, for Crime Information Management and Analysis at Vulindlela Police Station, N.U 12 said “The detectives at Vulindlela Police Station are hard at work investigating the murder of Inathi and there are no arrests made yet”