Judge: Muti killer didn't act alone

2011-10-03 21:23

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - Soshanguve muti killer Brian Mangwale did not act alone, but his accomplices had not been brought to justice, the High Court in Pretoria found on Monday.

"The murder of the deceased was committed with others... The accused was part of a conspiracy with others to murder the deceased and sell her body parts for money," Judge Billy Mothle said in delivering judgment.

Mothle found Mangwale guilty of kidnapping and murdering Masego Kgomo in January 2009.

He found there was not enough evidence to prove he raped the 10-year-old schoolgirl, but said he could not exclude the possibility that she was raped by others.

Mangwale made numerous conflicting statements about his involvement in the murder, after pointing out the child's half-naked and decomposing body to police in the bushes behind the Soshanguve railway station.

In some of the confessions, he admitted stabbing the child to death and removing her body parts for muti, but in others he put the blame for the murder on a traditional healer.

In one confession, he admitted receiving money for the body parts, but in court he claimed he was innocent and that police had forced him into making a false confession.

Mothle said Mangwale had clearly tried to mislead the police and the court about what really happened.

Emotion

He found that Mangwale sent the child and a friend to buy him a cooldrink, but followed them to the spaza shop and separated them.

Mangwale handed the girl over to his friends before going home to sleep.

Later that night, he helped Masego's mother, his own mother and the police search for the missing child.

In the morning, he left his shack to join his co-conspirators in extracting body parts from Masego, which led to her death.

"... The deceased was either killed to remove her body parts, or killed as a result of the removal of her body parts," Mothle said.

He said the evidence indicated that the child was alive when her body parts were harvested.

Minister of Children Lulu Xingwana attended the hearing on Monday and comforted Masego's mother, Kate, who was overcome by emotion while speaking to reporters.

Xingwana said that while she was happy with Mangwale's conviction, she was unhappy that the others responsible were still at large.

She said the family has been very patient, but had been through a traumatic period while listening to the gruesome details of Masego's murder in court.

Mangwale also confessed to kidnapping and murdering 5-year-old Sara Zitha in Soshanguve in 2006, but was acquitted as the State did not lead evidence in this matter.

The State conceded that Mangwale was in jail in April, when Zitha was believed to have been murdered. He could also not specify the date of Zitha's murder.

Sentencing will begin on Tuesday.

- SAPA
Read more on:    lulu xingwana
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Oscar's date with destiny

12 minutes ago
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

Watch: 5 skills to improve your BMX riding

Learn some great skills that will help your riding on the road and on the track.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips on how to set your fitness goals
This all-terrain vehicle is badass!
The TRUTH about painkillers and exercise
WIN! Where were you when you last felt alive?

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be spending too much time organising and trying to control things to make sure everything is perfect instead of just...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.