Girl, 8, murdered in Uniondale

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (Diego Grez)

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (Diego Grez)

The body of an eight-year-old girl has been found with her legs bound in Uniondale, Southern Cape police said on Sunday.

Shafeeka Baartman was found with a scarf around her neck, and her legs tied with clothing at a house on Friday night, said Captain Bernadine Steyn.

Earlier in the day, the girl was sent by her mother to a friend’s house to fetch money, according to police.

“On her way to the house [a] suspect approached her on foot and took her to his house… where he allegedly raped and murdered her,” said Steyn.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on a farm outside Uniondale on Saturday in connection with the crime.

He is due to appear in the Uniondale Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

A post mortem would be carried out on Sunday afternoon in Oudtshoorn, said Steyn.


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