The uncle of the Katutura girl whose body was found mutilated on Tuesday morning said she could not have got into a stranger's car.
Cheryl Ujaha (9), who was a Grade 3 pupil at Gammams Primary School in Khomasdal, went missing from her home on Sunday.
Some passersby found her mutilated body dumped along a path close to a riverbed near Staan Vas Suburb about two kilometres from her home.
Police said some of the body parts were missing and that the body appeared as if it was cooked.
Her maternal uncle, John Kaimu, said Cheryl had a very strong personality such that she could not have got into a stranger's car.
“I remember the last time she came to my house. She stayed there for like a week during the previous school holidays.
"She got feverish and coughed. Her mother was a bit concerned. But when she put her mind to something, that she wants to do something, she could,” he said.
Kaimu said they did not have any suspects as yet but expressed that the murder was part of the rising crime rate other than anything more sinister.
“It is difficult to put the finger on something to say that this could have happened. I don’t think that she would get into a car of a stranger. That’s how strong her personality was. So what can I suspect? That’s up to the law enforcement agencies to confirm,” he said.
When he heard news of a missing child, Kaimu said it did not strike him that it could be someone related to him “even though I was touched.”
“In my spirit, I was saying that okay, if it is a child and is missing from yesterday, with the current state of affairs and the crime, then she must be gone already. Immediately after that I received a call, and when they were relating this to me I knew something must have happened,” he said.
Dr Shaun Whittaker said people that turn out to be gruesome murderers might be on drugs or simply just sociopaths.
The murders are triggered by some sort of anger by people who sometimes are not able to deal with situations they are facing, he said.
“It is also a matter of how well the person’s state of mind is. It also has to do with the manner in which they are faced with all the problems. It does not mean that the problems end when or if somebody murders the next person but it is simply from a psychological point that they are weak and see it as the only solution to whatever problem they are facing,” he said.
The doctor added that gruesome acts of murder could be triggered by many other social ills such as lack of self-confidence, unemployment, poverty and lack of self-respect.
“When you are angry and have all these thoughts of doing something that might count against you, one needs to sit down and take it to step by step by thinking through what the solution can be. One other thing is that people must learn to talk out what they feel and that is one of the easiest solutions to problems,” he said.