Cape Town-The half-naked body of a 14-year-old from Heinz Park was found in her grandmother’s backyard on Sunday morning. Horrified family members say they found Janika Mallo with her head bashed in and “her brain leaking” from the left side of her face shortly after 8am.
The girl’s dungarees had been pulled down, and it is understood she had been raped before being bashed with a concrete block over the head.
The grade 7 pupil at Northwood Primary School was well-known in the community for her friendly nature and lived with her mother, Janine Mallo, 31.
The traumatised mother, who couldn’t stop crying, on Sunday said her last interaction with her daughter had been on Saturday.
By Ntsako Philmah Gana