Police are on a manhunt looking for the people responsible for a brutal act of mutilation on six-year-old boy who was found alive in a veld on Tuesday, February 28.
The Boksburg SAPS has since opened a case of attempted murder, and an investigation is underway.
The Gauteng Department of Social Development has called on the Boksburg community to work with the police to find the person who cut the genital parts of the child and left him for dead.
The Department is outraged by the violent act and, as custodians of children in terms of Section 7 of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, is committed to fighting for justice for the distraught family.
MEC for Social Development, Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Mbali Hlophe, spoke out about the incident:
“We understand that the child is still alive and transferred to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital after he suffered serious injuries to his private parts. As a department, we will give full support in ensuring that the culprits are brought to face the full wrath of the law. But more importantly, we will put in a safety plan and intensive therapeutic intervention for the child and his family.”
Hlophe continued, “We are particularly saddened that this happens as the country gears itself for a period dedicated to Human Rights. Therefore, as the department, we condemn any brutality or senseless killings of our people and innocent children.”
The MEC also urged members of the community to come forward with any information they may have regarding the incident.
“We call upon any member of the community with information to come forth, our child activist groups, men’s forums, and law enforcement agencies should join forces in ensuring that Gauteng remains a safe place for its children,” Hlophe said.
The incident has sent shockwaves throughout the community and has highlighted the importance of ensuring the safety and protection of children.
The department has vowed to do everything in its power to bring the perpetrators to justice and provide support to the affected family.
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