Pietermaritzburg -

Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi supported a crowd who gathered outside the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday in protest at the granting of bail to a man alleged to have killed a six-year-old girl.

Kwanele Ndlovu, 30, is accused of murdering Yoliswa Ludidi, granddaughter of Zanele Ludidi, chairwoman of the provincial legislature’s portfolio committee on conservation and environmental affairs.

Members of the police dog unit found Yoliswa’s body near a river in Smero location at 8.30pm on June 25.

When last seen alive, Yoliswa was with a man her aunt knew and trusted. She had been visiting her aunt and wanted to use the toilet.

The man, who was visiting, accompanied her to nearby bush because there was no toilet at the house.

Meanwhile, her aunt went to a shop. When she returned, other relatives at the house asked her where Yoliswa was. Her child told her that Yoliswa had left with the man. The community launched a search.

The crowd outside the court on Wednesday held up placards, some of which read “Caring communities protect children”, and “Your child is my child”.

The MEC, who was also at court in her capacity as deputy secretary of the ANC Women’s League, thanked the people for their support.

She said KwaZulu-Natal communities would not tolerate violent people.

“We are willing to protect our children.”

Ndlovu’s case was adjourned to August 4, so that the post-mortem report could be obtained.

- The Mercury