Woman accused of burning schoolgirl to death gets bail

2015-09-18 21:43

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Brits - A woman admitted to hospital after she allegedly burnt a school girl to death in Letlhabile near Brits has been discharged, North West police said on Friday.

Major Pelonomi Makau said Cynthia Mosopi was discharged last week and had since appeared in court on charges of kidnapping and murder.

Makau said she would appear again on October 22, along with other suspects. She is presently out on R100 000 bail after appearing in court on September 11.

Mosopi, Koketso Moyo, Gugulethu "Sharon" Thwala, and Victor Pilane have been charged with kidnapping and murdering Boitumelo Dlamini.

The four allegedly kidnapped Dlamini at Eletsa High School in Letlhabile near Brits on June 18, after Mosopi accused her of dating her boyfriend. 

Dlamini was allegedly doused with petrol and set alight, in the process Mosopi burnt her feet and was admitted to the George Mukhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa.

In her bail application, Thwala, 23, told the court that Mosopi poured petrol from a five-litre container over Dlamini, 19, in the bushes near Klipgat.

"She [Cynthia] pulled Boitumelo out of the car and slapped her, she asked her whether she was in love with Tokelo [Cynthia's former boyfriend]. She apologised, but Cynthia asked her for what reason she was apologising," Thwalwa told the court.

She went on to say that when she saw Cynthia pour petrol over Dlamini, she pulled Dlamini and she too was sprinkled with petrol.

"At that moment I saw Victor Pilane [Cynthia's current boyfriend] recording the incident [on a cellphone video]. I screamed to him to help free Boitumelo from Cynthia...I then heard flames and when I turned, I saw Boitumelo burning."

She said Mosopi's feet was burning and she ran to her boyfriend (Pilane) for help, while Dlamini ran in the opposite direction.

Thwala and Moyo are out on R3 000 bail each and Pilane is out on R2 000 bail. They would next appear along with Mosopi at the Brits Magistrate's court next month.

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