Say sorry for killing my mom - daughter

2012-09-13 09:05

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Pretoria - A Gauteng woman testified in court how she did not hate the men who viciously murdered her elderly mother shortly before she was to have come live with them in Potchefstroom.

But Melinda Smith said she wanted the men to look her in the eye and say they were sorry, reported Beeld.

“I am so angry at them. How can they sit there and say it wasn’t them?” asked Smith.

Johannes Mofokeng (the gardener and handyman at the mother’s complex) and Bongani Mthembu were earlier found guilty of killing 65-year-old Alta Duvenage at her flat in Alberton.

She was assaulted with a pickaxe, possibly strangled and stabbed several times with a knife before her body was wrapped up in a carpet and thrown down a manhole in Zonkisizwe.

They stole Duvenage’s City Golf and sold it for between R1 500 and R2 000.

“I wanted her to come live with us. It was my turn to look after her, but she was taken from us,” Smith testified, adding she could only listen to 10 minutes of the post-mortem report testimony.

“I at first thought and everyone said she died quickly, but I know they hurt her a lot and she tried to fight back.”

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