#TotalShutdown marches proceed as family mourns murdered teen

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Written by Cynthia Maseko

MPUMALANGA – While thousands of women marching across the country against gender-based violence #TotalShutdown #NoMore, one family mourned the death of their 13-year-old daughter.

In Msukaligwa local municipality, a family wept bitter tears the day after the body of Dimpho Sinenhlanhla Malevu was found. Her body was discovered on Tuesday afternoon, dumped in a field near the Ermelo Airport on Hendrina Road. She had been missing since Saturday.

Child murdered

Dimpho, who is a learner at the local Afrikaans primary school, was reported missing to the police by her mother. Her body was found three days later by a stranger, and a murder docket has been opened.

Police have confirmed the case and said no arrest has been made yet. The police are pleading with the community that if any person with information that can help the police with the investigation can contact the investigation officer Sipho Mokoena on 071 819 237 8389. – Health-e News.

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Cynthia Maseko

Cynthia Maseko joined OurHealth in 2013 as a citizen journalist working in Mpumalanga. She is passionate about women’s health issues and joined Treatment Action Campaign branch as a volunteer after completing her matric. As an activist she has been involved with Equal Treatment, Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and also with Marie Stopes Clinic’s project Blue Star dealing with the promotion of safe abortions and HIV education.