Bontle, 6, had been playing with friends outside her home on April 30 when Hlongwane approached her. That was the last time she was seen. Neighbours said Hlongwane did not live in Mganduzweni but had a girlfriend who lives opposite Bontle’s home.
There was no-one at the house when the Sowetan team visited on Tuesday. A neighbour who asked not to be named said she last saw his girlfriend on Friday. Another neighbour said he saw Hlongwane in his girlfriend’s yard on the day Bontle disappeared.
“I didn’t know he is a murderer. It is shocking because I have seen him so many times in our area.”
Bontle’s aunt Sharon Mashiyane said the wait is killing them. “We [her and the child’s parents – Permission Seipane and Itumeleng Mashiyane] wake up every day and go to work and have to face the reality that she is not home when we return. It has been very difficult for us. We are just waiting for the police to give us an update,” Mashiyane said.
Provincial police spokesperson Brig Selvy Mohlala said they were still searching for Bontle and that the manhunt for Hlongwane is continuing.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Det-Sgt Pretty Nsimba on 072-103-4717, or call 08600-10111 or send information via the MySAPS app.