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Boy's body found in rubbish bin at his home

By Katlego Moeng Crime Reporter | Dec 10, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 36 ]

LITTLE children played on Saturday near a large rubbish bin that, unbeknown to them, contained the decomposing body of their elder cousin.

A few metres away, at the home in Jabavu, Soweto, adults sat outside and enjoyed the midday sun while anticipating the big Soweto derby as they waited for it to kick off.

About a week earlier 12-year-old Mthokozisi Mdanda had gone missing after being sent to the shops to buy eggs. He was last seen at about 3.30pm.

"Last Sunday I was driving past the house and stopped when I saw him," his father, a 47-year-old taxi driver Themba Sibeko, said.

"I asked if he was alright and he said he was well. I then drove off." That was the last time he saw his son alive.

On Saturday, just after the game between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, Sibeko was led to the rubbish bin by a strange smell while he was looking for curtains he had washed and wanted to hang up in his outside room.

That smell was his son's decomposing body in the rubbish bin in the dingy garage, the shaken father said yesterday.

Mthokozisi's biological mother passed away when he was about four years old. He was a Grade 5 pupil at Emisebeni Primary School.

"I think a lot about the times he would jump on me unexpectedly and want us to wrestle. I loved my boy," Sibeko said.

"We were searching for the child until yesterday evening," Soweto police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele said.

He said Mthokozisi went missing last Sunday night. His family informed the police on Monday.

He said Sekeko found the boy's body facing down in the dustbin. The body had started decomposing.

The cause of death was still unknown.

"We have opened an inquest and we are investigating every angle because we don't know what transpired," Makhubele said.

He described the incident as very strange.

- moengk@sowetan.co.za

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Sorry Mr. Sibeko :( No father should outlive his son. My condolences to you. Hope the perpetrator is found and justice is executed.

Dec 10, 2012 7:9 | 0 replies

cowardness........

Dec 10, 2012 11:11 | 0 replies

whatever heppend, whoever did this may he/they not rest until they come forward and confess, after the confession they must rot in jail for the rest of their miserable lives.

Dec 10, 2012 11:38 | 0 replies

adults sat outside and enjoyed the midday sun while anticipating the big Soweto derby as they waited for it to kick off.
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they enjoyed the midday sun while a child is missing? should they be looking for the child? the family knows about this childs death

Dec 10, 2012 11:44 | 0 replies

"Sibeko was led to the rubbish bin by a strange smell while he was looking for curtains he had washed and wanted to hang up in his outside room.That smell was his son's decomposing body in the rubbish bin in the dingy garage, the shaken father said yesterday."

Is this a coincidence? Maybe Mr Sibeko should be probed more not that he killed his own son but to explain the foul smell. How do you find your own son in your backyard as I am made to believe he was looking for his curtains when he smelt something fishy which was the body of his decomposing son.
Anyway rest in peace youngman.Whoever did this to you will not get away with it.

Dec 10, 2012 11:49 | 0 replies

I hate heatless people.... nax!!!

Dec 10, 2012 12:25 | 0 replies

i so wish all the dna forensic evidendce reveals what happened to the little boy, to the father, be strong

Dec 10, 2012 1:54 | 0 replies

Sad storry

Dec 10, 2012 2:0 | 0 replies

Child murderers deserve life behind bars without the possibility of parole! That Jub jub fellow and his co-accused should receive such!

Thats the worst thing that could happen to me as a father, Hade Mr Sibeko!

Dec 10, 2012 2:0 | 0 replies

What's wrong with this world? who would do some an outrageous thing?

Dec 10, 2012 2:7 | 0 replies

Hm! banna.

Dec 10, 2012 2:11 | 0 replies