Police minister Bheki Cele arrived at a cold reception in Eastridge on Monday, with a large crowd of Eastridge residents complaining of police incompetence and baying for the blood of the suspected murderer. Little Stacey Adams’ body was found in a shallow grave on Sunday.
The six-year-old had been missing since Saturday, after her grandmother sent her mother’s house in De La Rey street, Eastridge. A search party alerted police to the shallow grave, and the tiny body was exhumed.
Violence erupted in the community; locals frustrated with perceived police ineffectiveness, and others emotionally broken following a tide of violence, particularly victimising children, lashed out at police. The large crowd voiced their concerns regarding the police investigating, criticizing their failure to secure the crime scene, and allowing people to walk under the crime scene tape to get a closer look.
The suspect’s hideout had already been gutted by fire,