UPDATE: Speculation abounds after child’s skeletal remains found on Durban’s Bluff

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WHAT is believed to have been a historical find has piqued the interest of the Bluff public, who have put forward many theories about a child’s skeletal remains which were found on Friday afternoon, 15 February and collected by police on Monday, 18 February.
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Charles Leaven, community liaison officer at the desalination plant where the remains were found, said the excavations were on the site of the desalination plant’s concrete base. “The workers were placing shutter boards to pour concrete in the northeastern corner of the site, when parts of the soil gradually collapsed, exposing the human remains,” he said.
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They found a few skeleton parts including a skull with teeth, jaw bone, ribs and parts of the spine. “It did not look like an adult-sized skull but could be that of a child. We will only know after the investigation is complete,” he added.
Local search and rescue teams at the excavation site
Facebook commentators and posts in response to the initial article have seen people speculate about the possibility that the remains are perhaps those of one of the victims of 1980s paedophile Gert Van Rooyen, who was linked to the disappearance of six girls.
Yet others believe the remains could be well over a century old.

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Councillor JP Prinsloo said the Bluff headlands, where the skeletal pieces were found, was used about 300 years ago to ship people from other African countries for slave labour purposes in Durban. “Many of them were transported from Zanzibar which is what led to the Zanzabarian land claim in Bluff Road. My suspicion with the skeletal remains they found is that it was probably from that era, because the Bluff headlands was where they kept the sick in quarantine,” he said.


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