eSikhawini police and Child Protection Unit in KwaZulu-Natal found the body of the boy in the bushes in a mining lease area near eSikhaleni, according to the Zulu-Land Observer.
The boy, who went missing last week, was believed to have been killed by his mother’s boyfriend, who allegedly told her he had dumped her son’s body next to pine trees on the mine property.
No arrests have been made following the discovery of the child’s body on Saturday.
The incident follows the arrest of Zimbabwean national Samuel Ndlovu who was accused of killing his girlfriend Jenelee van Rooyen from Blydeville in the North West following an argument.
Ndlovu had allegedly stabbed Van Rooyen, along with her two-year-old daughter and unborn seven-month-old baby.
Police said Van Rooyen’s womb was cut to remove the foetus, and its throat was slit with a knife. Charges of murder are being investigated.
Statistics revealed that more than two children are murdered in the country every day, while more than 70 cases of sexual offences against children were recorded daily.
A study by the SA Medical Research Council found that the most common mechanism of death for boys was from stabbing, with a third of boys (33.6%) dying from stab-related wounds.
The study showed that South Africa had more than a thousand child homicides in 2009, with nearly three child homicides per day.
“As a country we are failing our children, current policies and practises in relation to the protection of children are having little effect in keeping children safe in their homes and communities,” study co-author Shanaaz Mathews said.