Double life for little girl’s rape-killing

2013-02-05 00:00

PHILANI Dominic Phoswa (23), who raped and killed the five-year-old Philile Zondo last December, has been convicted of murder and rape and sentenced to life imprisonment on each conviction.

Phoswa from Highflats was sentenced in the Scottburgh High Court last week.

Highflats SAPS detective commander and the officer who arrested Phoswa a day after the victim’s disappearance, Captain Bheki Jeffrey Mngadi, welcomed the conviction.

“We worked very closely as a team to ensure a successful prosecution. The little girl’s family will now have some closure in this matter and will perhaps be comforted that her death has not been in vain, for, the double life sentence handed down by Honourable Judge J. van Zyl, guarantees that this brute will not be a threat to other little girls in society,” Mngadi said.

Philile disappeared on December 8, 2012 and her body was found in a huge hole that had been dug to construct a pit latrine.

“The body was wrapped in a blanket and had been submerged in water that filled up the hole. There was a gaping stab wound in her chest and a subsequent post mortem revealed that the little girl had been raped,” police spokesperson, Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

He said it was revealed during the investigations that Phoswa had been training to be a traditional healer.

“He claimed that voices had prompted him to rape and kill the little girl and drink her blood mixed with muthi.”

Philile’s father, Sifiso Harrington Msomi, who had been part of the search party, had identified her body at the scene.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the Highflats SAPS detectives for the swift arrest and excellent investigation.

“Justice has prevailed and we are certain that the double life sentence meted out to the accused will send out a strong message to the criminal world that if you do the crime, you do the time,” she said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.