Lover killed child to spite mom, court hears

2014-11-24 21:04


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mbombela - An Mpumalanga mother, whose lover is accused of raping and killing her 8-year-old daughter, said the man told her he killed the child to exact vengeance.

Edgar Charles Mabunda, 31, of Timbavati Trust, was arrested last year following the murder of his girlfriend's daughter, Miranda Shongile Mayinga, on 29 July.

He pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, rape and kidnapping in the Nelspruit circuit of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday, a Sapa correspondent reported.

The court heard that the girl was kidnapped while walking to school with other school children on the morning of 29 July 2013.

Instead of taking her to school, Mabunda drove her to a bush where he raped and strangled her, the court heard.

Her half-naked body was found on its back in the bushes in New Forest, with her socks tied around her neck.

"On that day, I received two phone calls from the accused through a telephone. He said he had killed Miranda because I refused to let him perform rituals for our newborn child," testified the victim's mother, Constance Mathebula.

"He said her body was in Mhlanga bushes. After I answered the second call, I realised there was a message on my cellphone in Xitsonga. It came from Edgar's cellphone, saying he had killed Miranda."

Mathebula said that when she called and asked her mother to go and look for her daughter at the school, she was told the girl was not there.

"I then informed both my parents what Edgar had told me. I did not go look for her and I was later informed her body had been discovered," she said.

Mathebula said she and Mabunda had been in a relationship since September 2012. He resided at her parents' home and they had a baby girl born in July 2013.

"On 26 July he wanted to see the child and take her to his home to perform rituals but I refused. My family are Christians and we don't perform rituals," she said.

Mathebula said Mabunda also threatened to kill her.

During a trial within a trial, he testified that Mhala police assaulted him to point out the crime scene and also forced him to make confession.

Judge Peter Mabuse postponed the case to Wednesday for further testimony.

Read more on:    pretoria  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.