Double life for little girl’s rape-killing

2013-02-05 00:00

PHILANI Dominic Phoswa (23), who raped and killed the five-year-old Philile Zondo last December, has been convicted of murder and rape and sentenced to life imprisonment on each conviction.

Phoswa from Highflats was sentenced in the Scottburgh High Court last week.

Highflats SAPS detective commander and the officer who arrested Phoswa a day after the victim’s disappearance, Captain Bheki Jeffrey Mngadi, welcomed the conviction.

“We worked very closely as a team to ensure a successful prosecution. The little girl’s family will now have some closure in this matter and will perhaps be comforted that her death has not been in vain, for, the double life sentence handed down by Honourable Judge J. van Zyl, guarantees that this brute will not be a threat to other little girls in society,” Mngadi said.

Philile disappeared on December 8, 2012 and her body was found in a huge hole that had been dug to construct a pit latrine.

“The body was wrapped in a blanket and had been submerged in water that filled up the hole. There was a gaping stab wound in her chest and a subsequent post mortem revealed that the little girl had been raped,” police spokesperson, Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

He said it was revealed during the investigations that Phoswa had been training to be a traditional healer.

“He claimed that voices had prompted him to rape and kill the little girl and drink her blood mixed with muthi.”

Philile’s father, Sifiso Harrington Msomi, who had been part of the search party, had identified her body at the scene.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the Highflats SAPS detectives for the swift arrest and excellent investigation.

“Justice has prevailed and we are certain that the double life sentence meted out to the accused will send out a strong message to the criminal world that if you do the crime, you do the time,” she said.

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