News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Tuesday January 23rd 2018

Teenager raped and stabbed to death in Du Noon

On the first weekend after this year’s launch of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, a teenage girl was stabbed to death in Du Noon after being brutally raped Saturday night, 27 November.The body of 16-year-old Ligia Hendricks was discovered in an narrow space between backyard shacks at about 7.30 on the Sunday morning.

Police were called and about 100 residents gathered at the scene, many of them expressing their shock and outrage.

Mavis Kubalo, a community leader who called the police, said before police arrived and cordoned off the area, she had seen the naked body of Hendricks with stab wounds “all over her chest. Her genital area was also covered in blood.”

Kubalo said there were “plenty of rapes” in Du Noon and residents had had enough.

Geraldine Lakay, 34, who said she was Hendricks’ “foster mother”, said she was woken up by people who had gone to the scene and identified the body as that of Hendricks.

Lakay, visibly upset and in tears, said although Hendricks lived with her aunt, she had taken care of her since she was six-years-old.

“I don’t know how I am feeling…I’m still in shock,” said Lakay.

Lakay’s brother Christopher said he last saw Hendricks walking with friends on Saturday afternoon. He said she looked happy.

Neighbours who stayed in the shacks beside which Hendricks’ body was found, refused to comment.

Milnerton Police spokesperson Daphne Dell confirmed that Hendricks had been raped and stabbed to death.

Dell said the people living in shacks where her body was found had told police they heard screaming at about 9:30pm on Saturday, but did not investigate.

She said a murder docket has been opened and police are busy with the case – Peter Luhanga, West Cape News

Tags: Du Noon, Milnerton, violence against women, violence against women and children

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One Response to “Teenager raped and stabbed to death in Du Noon”

  1. David White says:

    Ligia was one of my daughers best friends since primary school, she was the sweetest child I have met and often slept over and played with my daughter and five year old son. The person or persons who did this do not deserve to be allowed to walk this earth, if I was allowed to deal out justice they wouldn’t be, and i’d make their death more painful and humiliating than the attrocious things they did to this sweet child.

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