Police have arrested a 53-year-old man after the body of a seven-year-old boy was found in the bushes of a river bank just after 7am in Tulbagh in the Cape Winelands on Sunday morning. 
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Police have arrested a 53-year-old man after the body of a seven-year-old boy was found in the bushes of a river bank just after 7am in Tulbagh in the Cape Winelands on Sunday morning. Picture: IANS_DL_RPT, IANS

Suspect arrested after Tulbagh boy's body is found

By Se-Anne Rall Time of article published Mar 1, 2020

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Tulbagh - Police have arrested a 53-year-old man after the body of a seven-year-old boy was found in the bushes of a river bank just after 7am in Tulbagh in the Cape Winelands on Sunday morning. 

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Novela Potelwa, said a search was initiated on Sunday morning after the family reported that their son had gone missing. He had allegedly told his parents that he was going to play with his friends. 

Potelwa said detectives followed information and the 53-year-old suspect was subsequently arrested for the murder. 

"He is expected to appear in the Tulbagh Magistrate’s court soon. As the investigation unfolds more charges could be added," Potelwa said. 

At least four other children were killed in various crimes in the Western Cape in February. 

On Saturday, Tazne van Wyk was laid to rest after her body was found in a storm water drain near the N1. She was last seen with her alleged killer, Moehydien Pangaker, 54, who has since been arrested for her death. Pangaker had been out on parole at the time he allegedly kidnapped and murdered Tazne. He is a known sex offender who had been released on parole for a similar crime.

Emaan Solomons was tragically killed by a stray bullet when she was caught in gang crossfire in Ocean View last week. 

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