Durban - A letter from the aunt of murdered schoolboy, Shahiel Sewpujun, forms the basis of an alleged confession, the Verulam Magistrate’s Court heard on Tuesday.
This emerged on Tuesday as 31-year-old Kavitha Naicker made a brief court appearance.
She is being charged with the murder of 9-year-old Shahiel whose body was found dumped, covered in plastic, in a stormwater drain in Clayfield, Phoenix, on Sunday.
A second suspect was still at large, prosecutor Rakesh Singh said.
Contrary to earlier police reports, Naicker’s mother, currently in hospital after an alleged botched suicide attempt, is not being charged with the murder.
A reliable source has told the Daily News that the second suspect being hunted by police is a man known to Naicker.
Two other men taken in for questioning earlier were later released.
Dressed in a purple top and black skirt, Naicker made her first appearance in the dock.
Singh told the court the State would argue that the murder was premeditated.
The State has indicated that bail would be opposed.
He also told magistrate Theveloshni Badal they had in their possession a “confession” made by Naicker in the form of a letter to her father in her own handwriting.
The details of the letter were not revealed during Tuesday’s court proceedings.
Naicker’s legal aid attorney told the court Naicker intended to apply for bail. The matter was adjourned and set down for February 17 for bail consideration.
Naicker will be held at the Phoenix police station holding cells.
Shahiel disappeared from his Phoenix home last Thursday morning. He had been living in the same home as Naicker, believed to be the aunt on the maternal side of his family.
After a missing persons report was registered by his mother, Ishara Deonarain, locals joined police and private security companies in a search for the schoolboy.
Since his body was found, there has also been an outpouring of grief on many Facebook pages. People from various communities are baying for blood with some questioning the safety of children in the country after the death of Baby Jamie Naidoo in Chatsworth last November.
Meanwhile, Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi has welcomed the arrest and has called for greater protection of children.
“The information surrounding this case is confusing at this stage, but it is a sad day in our province when we have to talk about the murder of an innocent child,” she said.
Thusi added that social workers were already counselling and supporting the boy’s schoolmates, who were traumatised by his death.
Social workers were also on standby to help family members and “all those affected” to deal with the tragedy.