The friend thought she went home because she (the friend) went to the toilet and when she came back Stacha was gone, said a neighbour.
The chairperson of the the Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum, Abie Isaac, said the forum was satisfied with the progress of the investigation.
“Knowing someone was brought in for questioning in connection with the murder gives us hope that the family and community will get justice for their child. We are proud of the community as they stood together and helped the family.”
“We are urging people not to entertain fake news, because we were told that people are misleading others saying Stacha’s killer was arrested,” Isaac said.
Philidelphia Hartzenberg, Ward 99 committee member for Tafelsig, said a night vigil for the girl was held on Wednesday night, at which community members, police officials and Mitchells Plain Community Police Forum members had shown the Arendse family support.
“At Tafelsig we believe in the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. That is why the community worked tirelessly to try and find Stacha. The whole community is devastated and is mourning with the Arendse family. On Tuesday night, we decided to go back to the field and burn all the bushes. Then on Wednesday afternoon we cleaned the field. We are doing this to prevent criminals from dumping bodies in the bushes. I was told Stacha’s body was not the first to be dumped there,” Hartzenberg said.