Tensions run high at courtover teenager’s murder

2009-08-26 09:06

EMOTIONS ran high this morning at the Protea Magistrate’s Court as a

22-year-old man accused of raping and brutally killing a 19-year-old girl

appeared before the court.

The packed court murmured as Ntokozo Dlamini made his way into the court in

leg irons.

A group of ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) and community members picketed outside,

demanding that the suspect be given a life sentence.

Dlamini, who also faces three unrelated charges of murder, rape and

possession of an unlicensed firearm, is accused of raping and killing Matsie

Mmola (19), a second-year Unisa psychology student.

Dlamini was out on bail for these charges, which relate to crimes committed

in KwaZulu-Natal, when he was arrested on the murder charge.

Mmola’s body was found dumped next to a sewage drain on the morning of July

26 by Mdeni residents. She was lying in a pool of blood.

Her brown pants, underwear and boots were found discarded next to her body.

Her head had been bashed in with a rock.

Mmola’s uncle, Edward Mokonyana, could not hold back his tears outside the

court as he waited to confront the man accused of murdering his niece.

“Why did you kill my niece? What did she do to you?” asked the sobbing uncle

as he wiped the tears from his face. Police officers prevented him from getting

closer to the suspect.

Mokonyana said the only solution to crime, especially murder, would be for

the government to bring back the death penalty.

“Rapists and killers do not deserve to live. A death sentence is the only

punishment that will be enough,” he said.

The case was postponed to September 30.

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