Community dismayed

2016-08-31 06:00
SYMPATHISERS filled the Jan Kempdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday (29/08) when the accused, Tefo Dikole, made a bail appearance following the murder of Kutlwano Garesape (6) and the attempted rape of the boy’s mother, Segomotso. In the middle is the deceased’s father Frank Jacobs with a devastated Segomotso (in the black top) after the court appearance. Photo: Boipelo Mere

SYMPATHISERS filled the Jan Kempdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday (29/08) when the accused, Tefo Dikole, made a bail appearance following the murder of Kutlwano Garesape (6) and the attempted rape of the boy’s mother, Segomotso. In the middle is the deceased’s father Frank Jacobs with a devastated Segomotso (in the black top) after the court appearance. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE outcome of the appearance of Tefo Dikole (32) in the Jan Kempdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday (29/08) left a bad taste in the mouths of the Garesepe family and their sympathisers.

Dikole appeared for a bail application following the murder of six-year-old Kutlwano Garesape and the attempted rape of his mother, Segomotso.

The accused is alleged to have stabbed the boy to death with a broken bottle after attempting to rape his mother.

The court went into recess after proceedings were interrupted when the court’s Hansard machine broke down.

The case was later postponed to 26 September and Dikole has been referred for psychiatric evaluation.

Kutlwano Garesape was buried two weeks ago during a funeral service in Molelema, Taung.

The heartbroken Segomotso was led out of the courtroom, crying, after the court appearance.

People who came from Proefplaas Village, where the family stays, and from Jan Kempdorp and Taung were left bitter by the outcome, as they felt Dikole will get off lightly.

The late Kutlwano’s father, Frank Jacobs, who was clearly affected by the outcome, was at a loss for words and only managed to say that they trust that justice will take its course.

“What can I say about the court proceedings except that the state must do its job. We never lost hope that justice will be served,” he said distractedly.

Frustrated family friend Albert Seleke of Masakeng lashed out.

“If the court takes that route, then we know what to expect of the outcome. They will say he is mad, which is not the case here. He is not sick. He is delaying the case on purpose.”

Elisabeth Moloi, a member of the Womens Manyano of the Methodist Church in Southern Africa, said that what Dikole did was the cruelest thing on this earth.

“Taking the life of such a young and innocent soul. There was so much expected from that young Kutlwano.

“His bravery will forever be remembered.”

Quoting the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20 in the Bible, Moloi concluded with the part of it that reads: Thou shalt not kill.

Magistrate Harry Strauss presided and the prosecutor was Tumelo Mosetlha.

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