The Police in Mpumalanga are searching for a man who kidnapped, raped and murdered an eight year old child.

Nokubonga Nonyane from Masoyi village near Hazyview went missing on Friday last week. She was last seen playing with her friends outside her home.

Her lifeless body was later found dumped in a ditch not far from her home.

Uncle of the deceased, Reginald Mhlanga says, “The information we have is that she was taken away by an unknown man whilst she was playing with friends, she never came back.”

Nokubonga’s mother, Lindiwe Mhlanga is devastated battling to come to terms with the situation. She’s seeking answers on what might have led to the rape and murder of her daughter, “I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to say”

Furious residents torched two houses belonging to the alleged suspect.

Mpumalanga Police spokesperson, Leornard Hlathi says, “Our investigation is still at an early stage, the media helped us a lot in the search, we are calling people to refrain from burning houses, they must give information to the police.”

No arrest has been made.