Father kills son on Father’s Day

By Drum Digital
06 July 2010

HE WAS beside himself with excitement and delight the day he told his mother he’d won third place in a competition. Learners from schools all over Gauteng had to build a toy World Cup stadium and he spent hours on the project to get it just right.

But 12-year-old Itumeleng Kotjane will not be among the winners up on stage to receive a special diploma when Pinedene Primary School in Vanderbijlpark, south of Joburg, reopens later this month. The Grade 7 learner won’t be there because on 19 June, Father’s Day, he was viciously strangled – allegedly by his own dad.

Itumeleng had gone to spend the day with his father, Molefi Kotjane, but didn’t return home. Instead his mother received a call from her ex-husband to say he’d murdered their first-born child.

Margaret Kotjane can barely speak about the tragic events that led to her son’s death. She sits quietly on a mattress in her bedroom at her mother’s home in Zone 3 in Sebokeng, Joburg, as family and friends trickle in to offer their condolences.

Smoke drifts through the kitchen as younger women draped in blankets prepare food while older women of the clan assemble in the dining room to whisper about the horror that has befallen the family. Outside Itumeleng’s six-year-old sister, Karabo, plays on the grass, oblivious to the fact she won’t ever see her big brother again.

Read the full article in the DRUM of 8 July 2010

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