Community leaders call for calm in Phoenix

DURBAN - Religious leaders in Phoenix, north of Durban, have called for calm after the discovery of a child’s body on Monday.

Police found the decomposed corpse – believed to be that of missing schoolboy Miguel Louw – while chasing robbery suspects.

READ: Decomposed body believed to be of Miguel Louw found

A Durban search-and-rescue officer discovered the body of a young boy, dressed in a uniform similar to that of Louw on Monday.

A tribute to the nine-year-old -- who was last seen in July -- has been held by religious and community leaders.

There’s been an outcry over the discovery, a stone’s throw away from the home of the kidnapping accused, Mohammed Ebrahim.

READ: Family of Miguel Louw anxiously await DNA tests

Community leader Mervyn Reddy said the community will make sure justice is served for the perpetrators behind this heinous crime.

"If, as a community, we rise up and we decided to take the law into our own hands then justice will not be served," said Reddy.

"We will be just as guilty as the perpetrator who has committed the crime.”

Police officers, security officials and emergency services workers were also honoured for their work.

Some residents feel more unity within the community is needed to tackle crime.

Although Louw’s family is still awaiting post-mortem results, police have said it’s likely the body found is his.

A candlelight vigil is being held for Louw in Marrianridge on Friday night.