Lifeless bodies of two sisters, who were reported missing, have been discovered by the Limpopo police, South Africa in a bush on Tuesday evening, September 14.
The bodies of Kamogelo Raphasha, seven, and her sister Tshegofatso, five, were found by a passer-by at about 6:00 pm in a grazing camp next to Ga-Mashalane village.
Police spokesperson, Brig Motlafela Mojapelo, said their bodies were found lying next to one another in bushes and were in a state of decomposition.
The two sisters went missing on August 23 at Marobjane village, in the Senwabarwana policing area, after they were reportedly last seen walking with their aunt, who is said to be mentally challenged.
Mojapelo said postmortems will be conducted to determine the cause of death and police investigations are continuing.
Provincial police commissioner, Lt-Gen Thembi Hadebe, thanked all role players, the police, and members of the community for their efforts during the frantic search for the siblings.
What remains is to determine whether an individual could be held responsible for the deaths of these children. The police will open an inquest docket to probe the circumstances that led to this sorrowful incident. We urge community members in the area to remain calm and give the investigations space to unfold unhindered, said Hadebe.
Social development MEC, Nkakareng Rakgoale, said social workers, who have been with the family since the children were reported missing, will continue with the provision of psychosocial support after the search for the children ended in tragedy.
We hope the police investigations will shed more light and for justice to take its course, said Rakgoale.