Man admits killing Mpumalanga woman

2012-09-18 19:32

Pretoria - A Siyabuswa man on Friday told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria how he and a group of friends raped and murdered a Mpumalanga woman eight years ago.

Koos Zwelakhe Mahlangu, 32, was found guilty on charges of murder, rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

This was after he admitted murdering and raping Charmaine Dudu Mbonani, 23, near Allemansdrift in Mpumalanga in July 2004 and robbing her fiance, Seun David Mahlangu, of cash, two cellphones, earrings and his car.

He said in a statement he and a group of friends had been sitting next to an ATM machine when they saw a man withdrawing money.

They followed him, produced firearms and robbed him of his money.

They took the man and the woman who was with him to a secluded bush where they raped and shot the woman.

The man was also shot before they left the scene in his car.

Mahlangu said he knew what he did was wrong; he had never disassociated himself from the actions of the others and never did anything to assist the victims.

The State could not explain why it had taken eight years before Mahlangu’s trial finally commenced.

He has meanwhile been sentenced for other offences, the court was told.

Judge George Webster postponed the trial for a pre-sentencing report.

He said it was possible that Mahlangu might be a different person now, after eight years in prison, than he would have been if he had been tried shortly after his arrest in 2004.

Seun Mahlangu, the Mpumalanga engineer who miraculously survived being shot in the head, told reporters he was concerned about the shoddy manner in which the case had been handled.

He said he could still not understand why the accused had not been charged with attempting to murder him.

"They shot both of us almost at the same time. I nearly died. The shot went in at my ear and came out in the roof of my mouth," he said.

"It took out a lot of my teeth and I lost the hearing in my one ear. You can still see the scar next to my ear."

Asked how he felt about the accused’s guilty plea and conviction, he said nothing would ever bring his fiance back.

- SAPA

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