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Priest was warned about 'killer' kids - church members

By unknown | Mar 10, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

Members of the Catholic Church in Mohlakeng on the West Rand called the group of children he took away from the streets "Bana ba Father" ("Father's children") because they witnessed the love he had for them.

They also warned Father Lionel Sham that the children seemed dangerous. But he would not hear any of it.

Little did the Catholic priest know that some would one day turn against him.

Father Sham, 67, was found murdered in an open veld in Orange Farm in the Vaal on Saturday, a day after he had disappeared from his house.

He was last seen on Friday night at his Mohlakeng church.

Church caretakers discovered his car, a TV set, DVD player, laptop and computer hard-drive missing. His bedroom was bloodstained.

An 18-year-old, whom Father Sham took care of, has been charged with the murder, kidnapping and robbery.

His 20-year-old friend died when the priest's car overturned in Deneysville in the Free State on Saturday night. The car, a maroon Toyota Corolla, was recovered at the scene on Sunday afternoon.

Randfontein police spokesperson Captain Joseph Magoai said police also found an undisclosed amount of money in the car.

Parishioners said the boys stole R14000 from Father Sham.

Church member Jacqueline Lekgetho said some members were worried about the behaviour of these children and warned Father Sham.

Another church member Sandra Motsoane said: "We have lost a great man, a priest who was dedicated to serving the Lord and helping the community.


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