Police arrest KwaMashu teenage boy (15) for the murder of his cousin (4)

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Minenhle Mhlongo’s body was discovered in a bush close to her home on Heritage Day. She had been left in the care of a relative while her mother went to work the day before.

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DURBAN – KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the murder of his four-year-old cousin in KwaMashu, northern Durban.

Minenhle Mhlongo’s body was discovered in a bush close to her home on Heritage Day. She had been left in the care of a relative while her mother went to work the day before.

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It was the little girl’s grandfather Siboniso Khoza who discovered her body wrapped in his clothing.

“She had sustained stab wounds to her body as well as a head injury. A case of murder was opened for investigation,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker.

Naicker said police worked tirelessly to arrest the teenager.

“Yesterday [Tuesday] afternoon, the investigation team made a breakthrough and they arrested a 15-year-old relative for the murder and recovered a weapon that was used to commit the offence,” he said.

The suspect was expected to appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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