The body of an Ocean View High School matric girl was found in Masiphumelele on Sunday morning.
A group of children playing in Section E found the body of Mpho Sekoboto covered with a piece of cloth, according to community leader Tshepo Moletsane.
She was later identified as being from Ocean View.
Ocean View police spokesman Sergeant Mfundo Nyengane said police were investigating a murder.
Ocean View High School principal Keith Klein said he was shocked when he heard the news.
“It is a tragedy that such a young, innocent and bright life was taken away. She was a good student and had so much potential,” he said.
Sergeant Nyengane said no arrests had been made and anyone with information about the murder should call 021 783 8306 or 0800 010 111.