The body of Ntombizodwa’s six-year-old daughter Siyanda was found in a veld at Lefereng in Soweto last Friday.
The child was kidnapped by two men on Thursday 20 June while she was playing in the park opposite their home in Doornkop’s Extension 1.
Her kidnappers grabbed her and fled in a car.
At the time her family suspected she had been kidnapped by a well-known Soweto sangoma for muthi purposes.
“When I saw cops coming to my house on Friday, I just knew that my baby had been found,” Ntombizodwa said.
“But I never thought that she was dead.
“I thought she was at the police station or in hospital.”
She said police had asked for Siyanda’s photo and birth certificate and left.
They had come back later and taken Ntombizodwa and her mum to the Protea Glen Police Station.
“There they told us that she was dead,” said Ntombizodwa.
The two women were then taken to the Diepkloof government mortuary, where Ntombizodwa’s mum Elizabeth (58) identified the little girl.
The heartbroken mum could not say how the child died.
“All I know is that my only child is lying in a mortuary,” she said.
Gogo Elizabeth said Siyanda didn’t have visible wounds.
“She was wearing the same clothes she disappeared in but they were clean, which showed they had been washed,” she said.
The family believes that whoever was
behind the killing knew them and wanted to cause them pain.
“We hope the police will get to the bottom of this,” Elizabeth said.
Soweto police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela confirmed that a case of murder was being investigated.
“We’re awaiting post mortem results to determine the cause of death,” he said.