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A Cape motorist is on the run after knocking down and killing a schoolchild, police say.
Samkelo Nyalela, 11, a Grade 4 pupil at St Paul’s Primary School in Faure, had been walking to school from his home in Macassar Village, on Kramat Road at about 6.45am on Thursday, when he was hit by a car.
Police spokesman FC van Wyk said on Monday the car was found in the nearby suburb, but the driver had fled. “He is on the run and is known to the police.”
His description would not be made public since police did not wish to alert him to the manhunt.
In a bizarre twist, police found a dead man in the car. It is believed he had been a passenger.
The man has not been named, and an autopsy is being performed.
But Van Wyk confirmed police were investigating the possibility that the man had tried to snatch the child while the car was moving, and had somehow been killed.
Samkelo’s father, Malixole Maseti, was too traumatised to speak, while his mother, Xoliswa Nyalela, remained in the bedroom.
A relative said the family had no money to transport the child’s body back to the Eastern Cape for burial.
Mayor Patricia de Lille said she had been alerted to the case by area councillor John Heuvel.
Heuvel said on Monday night that he was overseeing the assistance to the family. “I’m awaiting a quotation from the family, for a burial.”