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24 Jun 2018, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town: Angry community members of Eastridge in Mitchells Plain set house alight after the body of a child was found in a shallow grave at the house.
According to Police spokesperson, Capt. FC van Wyk, the body might be that of missing Stacey Adams (also known as Jamie). The last time I saw Stacey was at 15h00 on Saturday afternoon when I sent her to her mother's house in De La Rey Street, Stacey's grandmother said.
"On Sunday, around 15h00, the grandmother called the mother and said that she's on her way to come and fetch Stacey. It's only then that they realised that Stacey was missing."
The 6-year old Stacey was immediately reported as missing and a search was launched.
Street committees, neighbourhood watch members, sector police and members of the local Community Policing Forum assisted the police in the search.
"While searching in De La Rey Street, the search party was alerted, by the community, of soft soil on the ground at a house there. The search party started digging and discovered an unidentified body in a swallow grave," said Van Wyk.
Van Wyk said the little girl's body still had to be positively identified by her family.
After police had a brief interview with a male member of that household where the body was found, police escorted the man to a police vehicle.
Angry Community members threw stones and bricks at the police and the house was petrol bombed. Police had to use rubber bullets to disperse community members. Two police officers were injured in the incident.