MPL granddaughter’s killer sentenced to 18 years in prison

2014-09-10 00:00

THE family of Yoliswa Ludidi (seven), whose battered body was found in a bush near her home in Smero in June, shed tears in the Pietermaritzburg Regional court yesterday when her killer was jailed for 18 years.

Kwanele Ndlovu (30) pleaded guilty to murdering Yoliswa, and the family welcomed his sentence with tears.

The Grade 1 pupil’s grandmother, MPL Zanele Ludidi, said they felt that justice had been done in the case.

“The sentence will not bring back Yoliswa, but we welcome it. We cried as the magistrate handed down the sentence as we remembered her. We are happy that he is going to jail for his wrongdoing. Yoliswa will always be remembered,” said Ludidi.

Ndlovu’s attorney, Dashnee Naidoo, read his plea statement, in which he states that he accompanied Yoliswa to a bush to relieve herself.

He said he killed her because he feared being accused of raping her if he was seen emerging from the bush with a child.

“After she had relieved herself in the bush I picked a broom handle and struck her three times on her head with force. I realised that she would die — it was my intention to kill her — and fled,” said Ndlovu.

He said he was remorseful for his actions and pleaded with the court for mercy.

Naidoo asked the court to note that he had handed himself over to police, was a first offender, had a nine-year-old child and had consumed alcohol before committing the crime.

State prosecutor Sally Singh asked for a 15-year term, the minimum legislated sentence, saying that such crimes were prevalent and communities were looking to the courts to protect them.

Magistrate Chris van Vuuren said the post-mortem report showed that Yoliswa had attempted to defend herself when she was attacked. He then sentenced Ndlovu to 18 years’ imprisonment.


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