Children to be laid to rest after final DNA

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Two children, one suffering from albinism who were kidnapped from their home in Hlalanikahle in Mpumalanga in January and found murdered in February, will finally be buried after DNA tests were concluded, according to Mpumalanga police.

Provincial police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the case was being investigated by both Gauteng and Mpumalanga police. He was speaking outside the Witbank Magistrate’s Court shortly after three men appeared briefly in connection with the incident on Tuesday.

He said Gauteng police were also involved in the case because the body of the 13-year-old girl with albinism, Gabisile Shabane, was found in Cullinan, east of Pretoria, in the third week of February, with some body parts missing. The body of 15-month-old boy Nkosikhona Ngwenya was found on the side of the N4 freeway in Mpumalanga in the same week.

Magistrate Darleen Venter postponed the matter to March 27 for the accused, Themba Thubane and Knowledge Mhlanga, to bring formal bail applications. Thubane and Mhlanga were represented by legal aid lawyer Mzamo Sibisi. Private attorney Sherman Nkuna told the court that his client, Brilliant Mkhize, would not apply for bail for safety reasons.

About 2,000 people sang and danced outside the court. They included members of the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance.

African News Agency/ANA