Alleged murderer, denied bail, but walks free

2015-05-29 06:00

THE father of a 15-year-old boy, who was murdered last year, says he will not rest until his son’s murderer is behind bars.

Nkosinathi Madlala (53) from Ndawana village in Umzimkhulu, father of Siphephelo, who was beaten to death on 20 December, 2014, remains inconsolable.

“My son died in a very painful way. He was just a small boy. He didn’t deserve what happened to him. I want the person who killed my son to be severely punished,” Madlala said outside the Kokstad Regional Court on Monday.

Madlala and his family attended the court appearance of murder accused Bongani Mtolo (53) on Monday.

Members of the ANC Women’s League in Harry­ Gwala were there to support the Madlala family.

He told of the way his son was killed.

“On the day that my son died I was told he was being beaten by Bongani Mtolo at someone’s house in our village. I rushed to that house and when I got there he was in a shocking state. He was badly injured, but alive.”

He said his son had been beaten on the head with a sharp object.

“When I asked the people who were there, including Mtolo, what happened, they said my son had been beaten by a community mob. I called an ambulance and he was taken to hospital, but he died shortly after he got there,” he said.

Madlala said people who saw Siphephelo being­ beaten told him Mtolo had beaten him.

“I asked Mtolo why he had beaten my son and he said he hit him because he caught him breaking into a house, and trying to steal a car.

“What is shocking is that the house that my son was accused to have broken into had no signs of being broken into, there was nothing missing and there was no indication that the car had been broken into,” he said.

Madlala said this was not the first time Mtolo had been arrested for beating a young boy.

“We want the law to take its course because this person is getting away with murder - there was no valid reason why he beat my son.”

Mtolo is well-known taxi boss and businessman, who is suspected of sacrificing young boys to sustain his wealth in muthi-related rituals.

Secretary of ANC Women’s League in Harry Gwala and deputy mayor of Harry Gwala District Municipality Nthuseng Duma said it is confusing that although Mtolo’s bail was opposed, he was released and is now back in the community.

“It is not the first time we are here. We were here when the suspect applied for bail and we opposed it and bail was not granted, now the same person is out and the witnesses in this case fear for their lives,” she said.

She said the witnesses, most of whom are women, approached them for support at the court appearances. The murder case was postponed to 20-24 July

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