The identity of a teen girl who was raped and strangled on a veldjie in Mitchells Plain has still not been established more than a year after she was found.
On 27 April 2020, residents discovered the body of the girl face down in the sand, tied up and covered in semen on a veldjie in Lords Avenue in Weltevreden Valley.
At the time, Lentegeur Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson Byron de Villiers said she was heard screaming in the bush and he was called to the scene.
On arrival he found the teen’s torn panty next to her body with a belt tied around her neck and her hands tied behind her back with shoelaces.
The meisie, estimated to be between 16 and 18, had also been gagged.
On Friday, De Villiers and his team returned to the crime scene where he explained that officers from Lentegeur Police Station have made no headway in the case.
“They checked missing persons reports across the province but nobody fit the profile,” he says.
“Until this day, nobody knows who she is or where she came from and that is the most puzzling thing about this case.”
He said investigators from Durban visited Lentegeur where they said similar cases had been reported elsewhere.
“There was a link made to human trafficking as someone was killed on the same way in Durban and there were another two cases in Johannesburg,” said De Villiers.
“Whoever did this should be considered dangerous and brought to book.”
SAPS’ Joseph Swartbooi confirms the case is still under investigation with no arrests yet.