'Why did you kill my mom?'

2012-10-02 09:49

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Johannesburg - A Gauteng court has heard a 13-year-old address the killer of her mother directly in a letter, asking him why he had murdered her mother.

The emotional letter was read out at the trial of Nyiko Ubisi, the man who shot her mother and her friend in Tembisa in front of her four years ago, The Star reported.

“When I heard that my mom died it felt like my heartbeat stopped. We need our moms through stages that our granny can’t pass with us and I need my mom for girl talks. My granny is old; she tries her best [but] I’m turning 13, I’m becoming a teen. Who am I going to share and experience those stages with? Why did you kill my mom?” asked the girl in her letter.

Ubisi appeared unmoved and even smiled when he was sentenced to 72 years for the murders of Nomonde Selaledi and Nomusa Seluma, who was visiting her. He was also convicted on a separate rape charge.

Selaledi was allegedly killed because she wouldn’t drop a rape charge she had laid against Ubisi.

Judge Harold Knopp said Ubisi was a danger to society. “These are extremely serious offences, especially the murders and the rape. Punishment should fit the crime.”
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