A manhunt is underway for the killers of two young girls whose bodies were found dumped in an open veld in Thokoza, east of Johannesburg.

The girls, aged 8 and 9 years, were last seen playing together on Sunday afternoon.

They were reported missing on Monday. A search immediately launched. A community member discovered the bodies and alerted police.

Gauteng police spokesperson Mavela Masondo says, “We went to the open veld and indeed we found the girls, who were later identified by the family as the girls we’ve been looking for. We are not sure for now who the killer is, but this is a very bad thing and as the police we are giving this a priority. If there is anyone with information that can help us to arrest the suspects, please let them come forward.”