Case against cop who ‘murdered, raped’ child postponed

2012-04-16 12:43

A case against a cop, accused of raping and murdering his 14-year-old daughter, was postponed in the Durban Magistrates Court pending the results of DNA tests to determine paternity.

Warrant Officer Simo Mgobhozi (39) is facing a charge of allegedly raping Nontobeko Zandile Mgobhozi (14) in the Durban Magistrates Court. He has also been charged, in the Umlazi Magistrates Court, with allegedly murdering the 14-year-old, believed to have been nine months pregnant with his child at the time.

Mgobhozi was arrested and released on bail of R2 000 in January for the alleged rape, which occurred around June last year.

The rape case was remanded until the girl had given birth so that a paternity test could be conducted.

But on the evening of March 1, Mgobhozi allegedly locked himself, his daughter and her mother inside the room she and her mother, Zinhle Khuzwayo, rented in Umlazi Z section. He threatened to kill them and allegedly shot his daughter repeatedly after she used a spare key to escape.

The rape case was postponed in the Durban Magistrates Court today as DNA test results which would determine if Mgobhozi had impregnated Nontobeko were outstanding.

Speaking after the postponement one of Nontobeko’s great aunts, Zanele Mdima, said the family wanted the matter to be resolved as quickly as possible.

“I have attended all of the hearings. Some of our family travels from Umgababa, which costs money. But even though it is a financial burden, we will not miss it for anything because we want justice to be served,” said Mdima.

Gladys Mtungwa, also a great aunt of Nontobeko’s and Khuzwayo’s maternal aunt, said Khuzwayo was doing as well as could be expected.

Khuzwayo went into hiding after her daughter’s murder. The investigating officer in charge of the murder case told the Umlazi court, where Mgobhozi was denied bail earlier, that Khuzwayo had lost faith in the police and the justice system after her daughter was killed.

“What really upsets us is that this boy chose to leave our daughter and marry another woman. He left Zinhle (Khuzwayo) when the child was only five years old. He did not support them in any way. Yet he comes and does this,” said Mtungwa.

Mgobhozi lives with his wife and children in Isipingo. He was based at the Isipingo police station, where disciplinary action against him was under way following his first arrest.

His family members were not present at today’s appearance.

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