The two children were last seen walking home from a hair salon on Friday night. Passers-by later found their bodies lying in the street

Police have urged people who have information on the incident to come forward.

The bodies of two children have been found in the street in Orange Farm.

At around 02:30 on Saturday, a 24-year-old woman reported her 6-year-old son and an 8-year-old girl, who is a family friend, missing to Orange Farm SAPS, police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said.

“Police launched an immediate search for the two children who, according to the complainant, were last seen on Friday evening [at] around 19:00 when they were allegedly walking home from a hair salon,” said Peters.

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At around 05:00 on Saturday, police received a call about the body of a child found on the street.

Shortly after that, a passer-by discovered the second body, about 100 metres from the first one.

“The children were certified dead by paramedics,” said Peters.

“The motive for the killing of the little boy and the little girl is yet to be determined, while a post mortem will be conducted to establish the exact cause of death.”

In the meantime, police have launched a search for the suspects and are appealing for information from the public.

“The investigation into this double murder will be prioritised and escalated to the provincial investigating unit, in line with the SAPS position to prioritise the investigation of crimes committed against women, children and other vulnerable persons,” said Peters.

Anyone who has information is urged to contact their nearest police station or call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.