Man guilty of child rape and murder

2010-07-19 00:00

DENNIS Dumisani Zuma (32) of Mnyandu, Plessislaer, will be sentenced today for the murder and rape of an 11-year-old neighbour, Nosipho Mkasibe, on May 3 last year.

Acting high court Judge Z.P. Nkosi ruled on Friday that evidence pointing to Zuma as the person who raped and intentionally murdered Nosipho was overwhelming.

The “final nail” in the coffin of his defence was his failure to explain how his DNA came to be found under the victim’s fingernails and in her vagina, the judge said.

The judge accepted evidence by Nosipho’s sister-in-law, Nokubonga Majola, that Zuma was seen speaking to the child on the afternoon of her murder — the last time she was seen alive.

Her naked body, covered with a blanket, was found under a tree the following day. Medical evidence showed she had been strangled with a rope or wire and that she had been raped.

Majola testified that when she was talking to Zuma, Nosipho was clad only in a blanket, as she had interrupted her bath to go to the toilet. Evidence was led by Nosipho’s brother, Wiseman, that Zuma was highly aggrieved by the fact that Majola had flung hot water over his dog, injuring the animal. He testified that Zuma had threatened that, if the dog did not get better in a few days, he would “do something the family will never forget”.

Majola admitted she did pour hot water on the dog, but said it was an accident as she had not seen the dog behind the wall. She bought medication for the dog and believed the matter was resolved.

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