Social development officials in Sekhukhune, Limpopo, have called on parents to take an active interest in their children’s schooling. They’ve raised the alarm after the murder of three children.

Eight-year-old Themba Ngomane, his nine-year-old sister, Nonjabulo Ngomane, and their 14-year-old neighbour Katlego Sibande went missing on the 31st of August after leaving for school.

It later emerged that the children had not been in class for two weeks prior to their disappearance.

The children’s bodies were discovered in the Mohlabetse River in Phooko, Limpopo.

Their funerals were held today.

Addressing mourners, Social Development’s District director, Veli Maphutha said schools have a responsibility to communicate with parents when learners are absent from school.

He said parents should also check their children’s books to see if they have been attending classes.

“We are making an appeal to parents to communicate with schools about their children’s attendance, but also we are making an appeal to schools to communicate with parents about their children’s absence in schools. If that is done accurately, we will be able to monitor if ultimately our children reach schools.”

Investigation into the deaths of three Limpopo pupils continues: