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Hout Bay horror: Local resident discovers child’s decomposing body

Apart from the young child being fully clothed, there is no additional detail about the victim from Hout Bay authorities.

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An unnamed 44-year-old-man was on Tuesday, digging for sand in an open field in Hout Bay, Cape Town when he made a gruesome discovery. The traumatised man discovered the decomposing body of a young child in the open field – located in the Imizamo Yethu Settlement area.


The details around the discovery are limited at this stage with Hout Bay police revealing in a statement that the man rushed to the local police to report what he had uncovered and the matter was probed thereafter. Apart from the young child being fully clothed, there is no additional detail about the young victim from authorities.

The body will now undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of death. It is yet to be confirmed if the child has been identified by his or her next of kin.


The discovery comes on the back of an intensified search for 3-year-old Anothando Mhlobo who had gone missing in August 2020. Anothando was last seen sporting a navy, red and white jacket with red and navy tracksuit pants, as well as red and blue Spiderman gumboots.

The three-year-old’s family at the time suspected the disappearance was connected to a debt. A family representative told media that Anothando’s mother, Phathiswa suspected that a man she owed R500 was responsible for the disappearance. The latest on that matter is yet to be determined.

Child victim murders are continuing to raise concern following the brutal murder of an Eastern Cape woman and her five children at their home in the Dabekweni area in Kwaaiman almost 30 days ago. The suspect in that matter is the father to the children, who are between the ages of 6-months and 10-years-old.