A mother’s worst nightmare materialised on Tuesday night, May 19, at Clarinet, near Witbank. Her 13-year-old son killed during a robbery, while she was working at a mine.
In a police statement, the SAPS explains that information suggests the boy was asleep when two suspects broke into the home. Not realising the teenager was in the house, the two men began stealing valuable items in the house.
During the robbery, the police speculate the youngster was woken by noises within the house.
He then ran into another room, locking himself inside before screaming for help. However, according to the SAPS, this drew the attention of the men. They managed to break the door down, before suffocating the teen. When unconscious, one of the men shot him. They then took a television and fled the scene on foot.
Police and the medical personnel were notified by neighbours, who heard the boy screaming, as well as the sound of the gun.
Police and medical personnel immediately attended the incident. The boy was found but was unfortunately certified dead. A case of house robbery, as well as a case of murder was opened. Police have since launched a manhunt for the suspects.
SAPS Provincial Commissioner in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma strongly condemns the incident, which has seen an innocent boy lose his life at the hands of criminals.
“We are really disturbed by this incident where a life of an innocent teenager was taken abruptly by these brainless criminals. I have already ordered for their quick arrest and will use all our arsenals to track these men who have no regard to human life. These suspects can only be regarded as cowards, who opted to prey on an innocent, defenceless child even though he was suffocated by them and lying down motionless. They should be urgently found, arrested so that they can face the giant might of the law,” he said.
Furthermore, Lieutenant General Zuma calls on the community to assist in locating the criminals.
“I urge anyone who recently bought a television-set from the streets to immediately contact the police as a matter of urgency, because you might be watching a television which has blood of the boy,” he added..
Police appeal to anyone who may have information regarding the incident to contact the SAPS on 08600 10111. Information may also be communicated via the SAPS MySAPSApp. All information will be treated with the strictest of confidence and callers may remain anonymous.