The Gauteng Department of Social Development is calling on the Boksburg community to work with the police in finding the perpetrator of a horrific crime against a minor in the area.
This comes after a six-year-old boy went missing and was found mutilated in a veld on Tuesday, with genitals removed. A case of attempted murder has since been opened with the Boksburg SAPS and an investigation is underway.
The Department is outraged by this violent act, and as custodians of children in terms of Section 7 of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, will take up the fight to bring justice to the distraught family.
“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,” said Mbali Hlophe, MEC for Gauteng Social Development, Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
She added, “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.”
“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 force in ensuring that Gauteng remains a safe place for its children,” said MEC Hlophe.