#MiguelLouw family to police, community: 'Thank you for going the extra mile'

Published Sep 27, 2018


Durban - Three weeks after Miguel Louw’s body was found buried in a shallow grave in Phoenix his family has spoken out about their gratitude to the community for all their assistance.

Miguel’s aunt, Tasneem dos Santos, said the family was grateful for all that the community had done to assist during Miguel’s disappearance.

“There are a few people I would like to mention. Domenic and Adrienne King from Combined Community Watch. They were really our guardian angels. There is also Miles Mowat, Sydenham police station commander, Colonel Ruth de Villiers. Thank you guys for going the extra mile, regardless of the hour. You assisted us and followed up on all leads. It breaks my heart so much knowing that we never going to see my nephew Miguel Louw again. Hearing that he was deceased was something I never considered. God has His reasons,” dos Santos said. 

She said the family is continuing to pray for strength and that justice will be served.

“My sister Raylene, Miguel’s mother, feels as though her heart has been ripped apart. Despite this, we thank the community for their love, support and prayers,” she said.

Searching for Miguel. Picture Bongani Mbatha African News Agency (ANA)

Dos Santos said she would one day like to open a foundation in Miguel’s memory.

“The aim will be to show our love, support and knowledge gained during this nightmare to other families who are going through the same situation. We also want to create awareness,” she said.

To Miguel, dos Santos said: “Aunty will love you forever and I will cherish all our memories that we shared together.

Miguel was found almost two months after he was allegedly kidnapped from outside his school in Rippon Road in July.

An extensive search was launched for the 9-year-old boy. His body was found in Phoenix by private security guards and police who were chasing armed suspects.

Miguel’s funeral took place at the St Anne’s Catholic Parish in Sydenham. He was cremated thereafter.

Meanwhile, the accused, Mohammed Ebrahim, is due in court on October 17.

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