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Cape Town - A Cape Town mother is distraught after the body of her eight-year-old son was found floating fin a Weltevreden dam.
Anele Bashe, 8, was last seen by his mother on Thursday afternoon while she was doing her washing at home in the Isiqhalo informal settlement, between Mitchells Plain and Philippi.
Lungiswa Bashe said she saw Anele playing with his eight-year-old friend from Weltevreden.
“It was around 3.30pm and they were playing outside the yard with a dog. I warned Anele not to leave the area and stay close because I feared that they would go play at another dam close by. That was the last time I saw my child.”
Anele didn’t come home. Twelve hours later, she said, about 3.30am, Anele’s clothes were found scattered on the ground near the dam and his body floating in the water.
According to the Daily Voice, one of Anele’s friends has admitted to a reporter, his relatives and Anele’s mother that he had attacked the boy and left him for dead.
“He swore at me. I got angry and hit him in the face... He then slipped and fell into the water,” the boy was quoted as saying.
The Daily Voice report says the boy had previously claimed he knew nothing of his friend’s disappearance, but Anele’s gumboots were found at his home.
Provincial police spokesman FC van Wyk said: “We are in the process of an investigation. All possible information will be followed up.”
Van Wyk said that a post-mortem would be conducted to determine the cause of death, and an inquest docket had been opened.
When the Cape Argus visited the Weltevreden dam, blood spatters near the water’s edge were still visible on a rock.
Bashe said when her eldest daughter, Pinkie, went to identify Anele’s body at the morgue, she noticed that he had scratch on the side of his face and a gash on his forehead.
“He was my last born. Who else is going to bribe me for R2 to play pool? I have lost a part of me,” she said.
Isiqhalo community leader Zwelithini Mhlauli, who was one of the first people to get to the dam scene, said he was shocked by what he saw.
“Anele was a good boy, we are really angry,” he said.
Cape Argus and Daily Voice