Man on trial for murdering little boy

2008-05-28 00:00

A 28-year-old man from Ematimatolo, Greytown, is standing trial in the Pietermaritzburg High Court accused of murdering his former lover’s three-year-old son out of “hostility” after the relationship ended during 2004.

Bonginkosi Aaron Shezi has pleaded not guilty before Judge Kate Pillay and two assessors.

The state alleges that Shezi and little Nduduzo Mthethwa’s mother, Nokuthula Mthethwa, were involved in a relationship that was ended by Mthethwa, causing “substantial hostility” between the couple, and that Shezi decided to exact his revenge by damaging her property and killing her son.

It is alleged that during August 2004, he set fire to her possessions. On August 31, he allegedly approached the child on his way home from crèche, lured him to a plantation and killed him.

Mthethwa told the court that Nduduzo was not Shezi’s son. She said she and Shezi were lovers for about two years and she fell out of love with him and broke off the relationship in April 2004.

“He was not happy about it,” she said.

Mthethwa said that after she ended the affair, she heard that Shezi had started to fetch her son from his crèche, although he had never done so while they were together. She told him she wanted him to stop. At the time, she was not living at home and Nduduzo was cared for by her sister, Gugu.

Mthethwa said that during August 2004, she returned to her rented room on one occasion to find it had been broken into and all the contents burned.

Shezi admitted to her that he had burned her things and promised to reimburse her, but never did.

Mthethwa said when she heard that her son was missing she went to Shezi’s house because she suspected that he had taken the child.

She said she noticed his tackies under the bed with blood splatters on them, and saw bloodstained items of his clothing soaking in a dish. The water had “turned red” from blood.

She confronted Shezi at the police station shortly afterwards, but he denied knowing where Nduduzo was, and claimed the blood was caused by an assault on him.

The boy’s aunt, Gugu Mthethwa, testified that she found the missing child’s body in a plantation near their home three days after his disappearance after she recalled having seen Shezi in that vicinity on the day the boy disappeared.

She said a friend of Nduduzo told her that he had been “taken by his father” while they walked home from crèche.

The case is proceeding.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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