Two pupils arrested for Soweto teens’ deaths

FILE PICTURE: SAPS and Forensic Pathology services carry one of the two teenage girls who were found dead in Dobsonville, Soweto, 19 February 2014, in a field. Razors, candles and their school bags were found next them. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Police have arrested two 16-year-old youths in connection with the deaths of the two teenage girls whose bloodied bodies were found in a veld in Dobsonville, Soweto on Wednesday.

Brigadier Neville Mailila said that two male teenagers have been taken in for questioning after the mutilated bodies of Cwayita (Happiness) Rathazwayo ,15, and Thandeka Moganetsi ,14, were found in a ditch alongside candles, razor blades and the girl’s school bags.

Both suspects are also from George Xhosa secondary school, the school that both girls were attending. Mailila said the suspects were known to the girls, but at this stage it could not be confirmed whether they were friends.

The Occult Investigation Unit was on the scene yesterday to look into the possibility that the deaths may be linked to ritual killings or even Satanism.

“They were found with cuts to the body and the neck. Three black candles and two new razor blades were found on the scene,” said Mailila.

“We have not declared it as a Satanic or ritual killing yet,” he said.

The girls were found by community member’s yesterday morning, with family confirming that the girls had not come home after school on Tuesday afternoon.

There were nine lacerations on each of the girls, but exact cause of death has not been determined yet.

They will appear in the Protea Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.



today in print

today in print