Dying man’s confession leads cops to body of 9-year-old girl in Free State river | News24


The body of a 9-year-old girl was found floating in Klein Modder River in Botshabelo, Free State.

  • The body of a nine-year-old was found in a river in
    the Free State.
  • Tariro Jonas’ body was found floating in Klein
    Modder River in Botshabelo.
  • The body was found when the child’s mother’s
    boyfriend made a confession just before he died.

The body of a nine-year-old girl who had been
kidnapped was found in the Klein Modder River in Botshabelo, Free State on

Police spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo said the
events that led up to the discovery of little Tariro Jonas’ body started on 7

The child’s mother reported to the police that her
boyfriend walked away with Tariro when she went to the police to report that he
had assaulted her. She told the police that Tariro had been kidnapped and an
alert was issued.

At about 23:00 on 11 March, local residents found
the man on the N8, dragged him to a nearby field and allegedly assaulted him.

The police were alerted at about 04:00 the
following day and found the badly injured man.

Searched river for days

“He told the police that he dumped the body of
the girl in the river, then later died in hospital,” Mbambo added.

Police divers searched the area for days until a
passer-by saw Tariro’s body floating in the river in Botshabelo.

Her mother identified her.

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A post-mortem examination will be conducted on
Tuesday to determine the cause of her death.

Police have opened an inquest docket as they probe
Tariro’s death. They are investigating a murder case in connection with the
attack on the man.

“The acting [police] commissioner, Major
General Solly Lesia, called on the community to refrain from taking the law
into their own hands as it jeopardises the investigation of cases,” Mbambo

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