Family of murdered girl satisfied with court proceedings

2016-12-07 06:01
The family of the late pictured Natefo Segoje hopes to find closure soon. Photo: Supplied

The family of the late pictured Natefo Segoje hopes to find closure soon. Photo: Supplied

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The Segoje family in Kuruman expressed their satisfaction with the justice system for the manner in which it conducted the court proceedings in the case of their murdered daughter, Natefo Segoje (15).

This follows the gruesome discovery of Natefo’s body in April inside a school drain at the Mapoteng Primary School.

Natefo had been missing for a week before a missing person’s case was opened on 3 March at the Mothibistad police station.

The accused, Peace Segoje, who is also the uncle of Natefo, was arrested in connection with the murder, which led to the court appearance in May.

The family feels relieved that at least justice will be served as the case was reffered to the Supreme Court for a verdict on 8 February 2017.

According to the family spokesperson, Doreen Segoje, they feel fortunate that they were at least granted the opportunity to bury the remains of their loved one and will see the finalisation of the case.

“We are grateful for that, because there are some families who are searching for their missing children for months on end,” she said.

“At least the case did not drag on after the accused’s confession of the murder. We expect it to be concluded within a year,” she said.

They also applauded the Kathu Court for refusing bail to the accused after various attempts.

She said they are satisfied that the case was referred to the Supreme Court, as it would limit the suspect’s chances of receiving a minimum sentence.

“It will take time, however, especially for the mother, knowing that the accused is not walking the streets while we still suffer the loss.”

“She is still not coping. It is not easy for her at all, as she continues to partly blame herself for allowing her child to go out.

“But we believe she will be better after the court case is concluded.”

She highlighted how the incident has caused a division amongst the family with serious allegations.

“But we decided not to entertain those finger pointing, as each and every parent will defend their child, no matter what wrong they did.”

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