Spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said Lesiba Maphosa’s body was retrieved from the Blyde Dam, near Hoedspruit, almost 300 kilometers from Westenburg, where he disappeared on Wednesday last week.
“His body was spotted by people in a boat at the dam. He was unknown in the area and no one had reported him missing. Westenburg police were then contacted about the unknown boy. His parents traveled to Namakgale hospital’s mortuary this morning [Tuesday] where he was positively identified,” she said.
Maphosa was with a friend when he went off accompanied by a man who had asked him to locate where he could buy airtime, and never returned home.
The community of Westenburg burnt down two RDP houses, a tavern and a car over his disappearance at the weekend.
”Members of the community accused the family of the boy’s friend of being involved in his disappearance. The police managed to rescue the family from the angry community, no one was injured,” said Otto.
The community then turned on police and pelted two police vans with stones.
Police said they were investigating Maphosa’s death.
No arrests have been made.