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'My mauled son's life was cheap'

By unknown | Jan 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Seven months after three-year-old Kagisho Selehelo was mauled to death by two Alsatians, his mother has been told the case was thrown out of court.

The investigating officer, Captain Dihemo, allegedly told Kedibone Selehelo that the presiding magistrate had blamed the victim for being on farmer Thys van Vuuren's property on the day he was savaged.

The child was accompanying a young relative to Van Vuuren's shop, situated on a farm near Wolmaranstad in North West.

Selehelo said: "I do not understand. The magistrate just dismissed the case and blamed my child for being there in the first place," she said.

"To get to the shop, they had to go through the farmer's yard. Evidently, my son's life was cheap."

When Sowetan contacted Dihemo, he refused to comment and said: "I cannot talk to you about that case."

Selehelo could not contain her anguish when Sowetan accompanied her past the shop where her son died.

"I have lost faith in the justice system. The law has treated my son in a cruel and inhumane way," she said.

"The farm shop is still operating and it is just a matter of time before those dogs kill someone else."


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