Sizzlers team to tackle Rafique case

By Norman Joseph Time of article published Sep 8, 2004

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The detectives who cracked the Sizzlers case are leading the inquiry into Rafique Hardien's death.

The case has been transferred from the police's family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit to the special team headed by provincial Director Attie Trollip.

A senior member of the team is Detective Inspector Jonathan Morris, who was praised by the Director of Public Prosecutions for the work that led to Adam Woest and Trevor Theys being sentenced to nine life sentences for the murder, torture and robbery of Sizzlers massage parlour owner Aubrey "Eric" Otgaar, seven masseurs and a client.

Morris will be assisted by fellow Sizzlers investigator Detective Inspector Deon de Villiers.

Five-year-old Rafique disappeared near his home in Portland, Mitchells Plain, on August 11. His body was found on August 28 in dunes in nearby Westridge.

Police know he was murdered elsewhere and dumped in the dunes, and that the killer may have been known to the boy.

They have not revealed yet how Rafique was murdered but an autopsy report is due this week.

The investigation has been hampered by residents making numerous allegations but refusing to back them up with statements under oath. Police therefore cannot investigate their claims.

Police have also wasted a lot of time on emotional tipoffs that have led nowhere, according to one officer.

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