Bishop admits to mutilating girl, 9

2012-08-08 09:10

Johannesburg - A Gauteng court has heard how a bishop from the Eden Zionist Church in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni befriended a 9-year-old girl who loved him like a father, before brutally mutilating her, allegedly while she was still alive.

The Star reported that Monde Tokwe, 48, was told by a traditional healer that to boost his church’s dwindling congregation, he needed to mix herbs with the human tissue from a girl.

The girl, Yonelwa Sikweyiya, was the daughter of Tokwe’s girlfriend.

Tokwe is accused of slicing off the girl’s genitals with the help of his wife.

The court heard earlier in the week that Yonelwa Sikweyiya was probably still alive when her face and genitals were slashed as this was the case in most ritual killings.

The girl was last seen with Tokwe, whom she was said to love dearly and look up to as a father figure. Tokwe apparently showered the child with gifts and attention.  

Sikweyiya was last seen entering the house of the bishop.

Tokwe later confessed to the crime and implicated his wife, Nolufefe Magasane, 50. Another man and the traditional healer were also arrested to face murder charges.

  • BlaqMe - 2012-08-08 09:16

    He must roooooooooooooooooot in hell! He must be killed! The Death sentence must be temporarily be allowed for this sick bastard!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-08 09:24

      Agree 100%

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-08-08 09:46

      Agreed. And you wonder why people look at traditional healers with scorn! There is no place for medieval type traditions and behaviour in a modern supposedly first world society.

      christopher.saint.3386 - 2012-08-08 10:07

      Hang all traditional leaders...they must be bahished and whoever goes to traditional leaders must also be..

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-08 10:22

      There is one bit of good news in this story: "his dwindling congregation". One can only hope that through education fewer and fewer people will support churches and traditional healers, and maybe one one day the world will be free of religion. Imagine that.

      wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-08-08 10:46

      Just spread a rumor in his jail about what he has done and let the convicted sort him out.

      DamnTheMan - 2012-08-08 12:45

      Another religious turd , I agree BumWind , burn the religious turds , all of them.

  • gerald.majola.7 - 2012-08-08 09:19

    Just proves that God, Christianity and religion are all a scam. If god DID exist, why would he let this happen. .... and don't give me that 'devil' bull.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-08 09:24

      What an idiot. Man chooses his behaviour, stop blaming God for all of mankind's lusts.

      Babes.Budhai - 2012-08-08 09:34

      God didn't make mentally sick people, nor did he educate you, so don't blame God.

      jonathan.dutoit2 - 2012-08-08 09:34

      i agree Gerald, if god is a god of love, why does he let this happen? Either he is sleeping, not giving a sh&t, but most probably doesn't exist!

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-08 09:39

      A christian bishop consulting a witch doctor????? Now why does that seem wrong....

      amanda.p.barratt - 2012-08-08 09:51

      Spot on there Gerald, we waste enough of society's time on this supernatural bull.

      Babes.Budhai - 2012-08-08 10:06

      @Gerald,u require spiritual education rather than the education that u have.

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-08 10:24

      Babe, "indoctrination" is not the same as "education".

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-08 10:37

      Babs Just now the spiritual educator cuts you up etc. No, too risky as the bishop in the story above demonstrates.

      wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-08-08 11:04

      You woke up this morning. If God didn't exist. You would not have woken up. You can be ugly and do something about it but stupidity..... thats forever.

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-08 11:39

      No Wilhelm, if I do NOT wake up tomorrow morning, then you can say your stupid god exists. (Yes that is a dare.) But as you will see, I will still be posting on News24 tomorrow - your god is either powerless, or more likely, nonexistent.

      DamnTheMan - 2012-08-08 12:52

      But in gods good book , rapists marry their virgin rape survivors , god curses children for mocking a bald guy and condones the murder of gays , atheists , non-believers , atheists and other normal people. So we can blame god for sanctioned violence against minorities and for people believing in superstitious non-sense. Of course you can show evidence of god and prove all atheists wrong , but you can't ... A good punishment for god is letting parents eat their children(sic).

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-08-09 08:12

      We are all born with a free will to choose our path in life so don't blame christianity when things go wrong

  • robyn.n.sorsa - 2012-08-08 09:22

    Someone needs to mutilate this man and everyone else involved so they can feel the same pain they have caused this little girl. Regards goes out to the family!

  • frank.vankaapstad - 2012-08-08 09:24

    At what point will people stop believing everything the sangomas tell them? When will they actually use their own brains for a change? I'm all for preserving culture and heritage, but surely by now people need to start differentiating between what is fantasy and what is reality. This brutal act is such a tragedy.

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-08 09:34

      Religion. As long as people continue to support religion this sort of thing is going to happen. When adults everywhere are believing in an imaginary man in the sky, and it is "acceptable" to believe that every crazy thought that pops up in your head must be some "divine message". It is time theists start accepting responsibility for the harm they are causing.

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-08-08 12:43

      At the point where they stop believing in the ANC...Never!? Idiots..all of them, at least some have evolved and I take my hat of to them...!!! As for the rest..well..This poor child, where were her parents I wonder! One should have already smelled a rat when he started being overly nice and giving her gifts..the beast!!!

  • christian.helberg - 2012-08-08 09:28

    how sick is this?? Seriously he is a bishop and deals with traditional healers.

  • nomcebo.k.kubheka.3 - 2012-08-08 09:30

    He and everyone else must be given to mob justice, let the comuunity deal with them!!!! Yerrrrr how cruel can people be, they are not humans such a disgrace. Sad for decades

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  • zaatheist - 2012-08-08 09:31

    Yes, and? All those Xian sky daddy believer who claim that you need to believe in the invisible magic man to have morals. PAH!

  • cuthbert.murwisi - 2012-08-08 09:33

    A man of God or wolf in sheep's clothing? This man also had a girlfriend, visited fake traditional healers all, and a wife whom I suspect knew and supported his evil ways and now murderer. No wonder people ran away from his "sect".The man is evil personified.

  • Jane - 2012-08-08 09:34

    This is so sick. How can anybody from any religious background, or none for that matter, believe that torturing someone will appease the ancestors or spirits or whatever these people believe, and bring them luck/fortune/better libido etc? It is but time that people become educated and learn to think rationally. Africa needs to move out of the dark ages!

      turdy.mclaw - 2012-08-08 12:44

      @Jane:Then Christianity must also go, since it's beyond medieval

  • mxolisi.veco - 2012-08-08 09:36

    A person cannot be a bishop and still believe in sangoma ways. They just cannot go together.

      zaatheist - 2012-08-08 13:01

      Of course they do. Both are silly belief supernatural beliefs.

  • mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-08 09:37

    A christian bishop consulting a witch doctor??? Now why does that seem wrong...

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-08 09:40

      Soort soek soort.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-08-08 09:37

    Filthy savage murderous bastard. He should be tortured, his genitals sliced off with a blunt, rusty razor blade while he watches and screams in agony. Scum of the earth! Bishop? MY ASS!!!

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-08 09:42

      Why are you surprised that he is a Bishop? This is exactly what I would expect from people who believe in rubbish.

  • schaan.christie.1 - 2012-08-08 09:40

    It is a disgrace how these things happen so often in our country and nothing is being done to stop it. . In other countries in the world this would be headline news and they will actually do something . Not just sit back and go " o well it's those traditional healers again "

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-08 09:51

      As they say, bad things happen when good people do nothing. That is why I try teaching science whenever I can and encourage people to stop believing in gods and other supernatural nonsence.

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-08-08 09:52

    Animals.....go straight to hell you pigs!

      zaatheist - 2012-08-08 13:02

      Sorry. No hell exists.

  • marius.dutoit.58 - 2012-08-08 09:54

    Only an animal can subscibe to such babaric rituals.....says alot for how backward these brain-dead people are.

      dianne.neyt - 2012-08-08 10:05

      Animals only kill to eat, to feed their young. He cannot be associated with an animal!

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-08-08 12:51

      Nope...rather a monster..animals are far better than most humans...sorry, I know this is a normal thing to say about certain behaviours but it is totally incorrect!!!!!

  • Gavin - 2012-08-08 10:00

    there's a special place in hell for people of the cloth who do things like this. they should immerse him inch by inch into a lake of fire.

      turdy.mclaw - 2012-08-08 12:48

      Yes god loves torturing people.That's why he let this happen to an innocent girl.Now he has another victim he can torture for eternity and feed on his suffering

      zaatheist - 2012-08-08 13:05

      Sorry. Hell simply does not exist.

  • phillip.hoffman.7146 - 2012-08-08 10:01

    To all those that are slating Christianity for this event. Please re-read the story. The instructions were from a traditional healer not a Christian bishop. Traditional healers are under the control of the evil one not God. The Bishop should however face the full wrath of the law together with the traditional healer.

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-08 10:16

      What do you expect? He obviously asked his (the Christian) god for advice first. But when he did not get an answer (why am I not surprised), he asked advice from the traditional healer. This is exactly what happens when people believe in supernatural rubbish. There is no telling what can happen. If he did not believe in gods in the first place, none of this would have happened.

      phillip.hoffman.7146 - 2012-08-08 11:04

      Johan. You are making assumptions about asking his god for advice. Were you there? I doubt it. The Zionist church is a mixture of Christian beliefs as well as traditional african religion, I cannot class them as Christian. If the "bishop" had been a born again Christian, the chances of this happening would have been reduced significantly. Do not blame Christianity for this, blame the "bishop"

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-08 11:25

      The point is that he is an adult that believes in fairy tales. And your "born again Christian" is a true Scotsman.

      zaatheist - 2012-08-08 13:06

      phillip.hoffman.7146 - What tosh! "If the "bishop" had been a born again Christian, the chances of this happening would have been reduced significantly." PAH! The Associated Press reported recently that three insurance companies receive upward of 260 reports each year of young people under 18 being sexually abused by Protestant clergy, challenging the assumption that clergy sexual abuse is an exclusively Catholic problem that does not take place in other churches. That is a higher number than the annual average of 228 “credible accusations” brought against Catholic clerics in records reported by the Catholic Church in response to media scrutiny, a priest observed in a Fox News commentary questioning why the story isn’t garnering more attention. While the report about abuse in Protestant churches doesn’t absolve guilty Catholic priests or those who enabled them, said Father Jonathan Morris, it offers a more complete picture. “The problem of sexual abuse has no denominational boundaries,” he wrote. The AP obtained figures on sex-abuse claims from three companies that insure the majority of Protestant churches in America–Church Mutual Insurance Company, GuideOne Insurance and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company.

      phillip.hoffman.7146 - 2012-08-08 13:18

      zaathiest I do not deny that there is a great deal of abuse by clergy. The point that I am making is that any church that tries to compromise the Bible with traditional religion cannot be considered Christian. Clergy that take their beliefs seriously should not be abusers. Sadly this is not the case but it should reduce the abusers not eliminate them totally.

      phillip.hoffman.7146 - 2012-08-08 13:22

      Damm Your obsession with virgin rape is now boring and has been answered. I suggest that you read another part of the Bible say John chapter 17.

      michelle.bonthuysrossouw - 2012-08-08 14:59

      @johan c du toit and zaatheist - I personally would like to say, that I would just LOVE to see your faces when you die - when you stand before the presence of our ALMIGHTY GOD and realize HE does exist – However, I can’t cause I am a CHRISTIAN child of GOD and must not take pleasure in your stupidity! FOOD FOR THOUGHT – use it don’t use it: I would rather believe in GOD then end up in hell, burning for eternity just to find out there is a GOD! - @ the little girl you are now safe in the hands of our GOD, no more pain no more suffering, laughing and playing in fields of joy!

      DamnTheMan - 2012-08-08 16:37

      @phillip.hoffman.7146 I harp because you ignore. In your eye's there's no evil in the good book. But your wrong. Do you realize god kills more people than the devil in the buy bull ?

      DamnTheMan - 2012-08-08 16:38

      @michelle.bonthuysrossouw there's no proof of god ? When you die that's it , the lights go out ! Why do you need an after life ? What wrong with this on ?

      DamnTheMan - 2012-08-08 16:44

      @phillip.hoffman.7146 typical xian approach , skip the bad , old parts of the buy bull , there bad , but here read the new testament much better. But the book is supposed to be 100% moral and righteous ? Why skip the fact god kills children for mocking a bald guy ? Why choose the best quotes when any quote should do ? Can't you see the fail in logic if you skip quotes ? I bet you use a cross or an image of jesus which means you don't keep the 10 commandments...

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-08 16:48

      Michelle, I would love to see your face when God tells you that you are going to burn in hell for rejecting Allah. But don't let that thought scare you, because it is not going to happen. Fortunately for you and me there are no gods and one day we will die like everybody else and that will be the end of it. In the mean time I hope you make the most of your life, because it is the only one you have.

  • BossBrain - 2012-08-08 10:09

    wow this is sickening...

  • theresa.nightingale.5 - 2012-08-08 10:11

    Disgusting. Why are traditional healers allowed to prescribe "remedies" which require murder?! More importantly, why do people blindly follow these atrocities?!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-08 10:14

    Honestly, what year are we living in. Why is it every now and then we hear of these people regressing back to the dark ages with this damn witch doctor rubbish. Why can some people just not seem to progress into the 21 century. And I'm supposed to consider such a demon as my equal. Damn you man, you're not human.

  • scholesss - 2012-08-08 10:30

    i think south africa should bring death hanging penalt, some people needs to be hanged..nxa

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-08-08 12:56

      If ever I will the lotto, I will buy a volcanic island in the middle of nowhere and open it up to the world to send all there worst criminals there...obviously there wont be must rules there...paridise...they will be allowed to do anything they want...

  • mbatakesm - 2012-08-08 10:38

    I still thnk SA should have a death penalty 4 such offenders, intsead of keepn them in prison feeding them and listen as they complain about human ryts!!!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-08 10:42

    The brits had human sacrifice about 500 years ago at the baltane festivals. Its of human ignorance. Sadly many religions promote death as a solution to problems even today. Even promote suicide.

  • tsndou - 2012-08-08 10:44

    Christopher, the article talks about the bishop and a traditional healer and not traditional leaders.

  • lawrence.masoes - 2012-08-08 10:45

    The traditional healer, the sangoma, the ancestors ARE ruling fourth world RSA. Tender corruption have made the situation worse. People want money fast, without performing or giving something back in exchange.

  • lawrence.masoes - 2012-08-08 10:46

    The traditional healer, the sangoma, the ancestors ARE ruling fourth world RSA. Tender corruption have made the situation worse. People want money fast, without performing or giving something back in exchange.

  • gouws.arno - 2012-08-08 10:46

    What the f&*k is wrong with these sick bastards. Eye for an eye I say! No court in South Africa could punish this guy enough!!!!!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-08 10:47

    We need chinese law, instant execution. This bishop will now cost taxpayers more money while he relaxes in jail.

  • theresa.nightingale.5 - 2012-08-08 10:48

    oh, and I'm sure charge of child mutilation will do wonders for his church's attendance.

  • Badger - 2012-08-08 10:53

    2 words.............. "F**KING B.A.R.B.A.R.I.A.N.S. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-08 10:59

    Christians should not be using traditional healers. Jesus cast the fortune tellers, astrologers etc out of the temple. They are servants of Satan. Turn to god for answers, not to the dark sangoma.

      DamnTheMan - 2012-08-08 12:56

      Fail , there is nothing darker than god , he "made" satan and hell after all , so if you "believe" that sort of thing , he created the Sangoma and knew that he would give this advice. So in essence god must be evil to have created evil...

      zaatheist - 2012-08-08 13:07

      People killed by God in Bible: 2,473,633 People killed by devil in Bible: 10

      kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2012-08-08 22:19

      - Or how about we just do away with religions and superstitions and live by science and common human decency?

  • gladlad - 2012-08-08 11:00

    Oh God!

  • DAppleby - 2012-08-08 11:13

    And no capital punishment for animals like these I think we must all stand up and insist capital punishment is brought back otherwise where on earth is this country going

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-08-09 08:00

      They not animals its an insult to gods creatures, they are savages.

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-08-09 08:02

      Please not animals they are SAVAGES

  • comurray - 2012-08-08 12:51

    An eye for an eye, give all those involved in mutilating and taking the life of such a young child the same treatmenmt as they did to her. This child saw the bishop as a father figure.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-08 13:17

    A ZCC bishop? What can we expect from the 1000 000's of this group's followers? Beware, the MUTI - lators are in town!

  • twist.cas - 2012-08-08 14:14

    And there will still be poeple flocking to the man's church, what a bunch of idiots.

      alice.tompa - 2012-08-08 18:17

      I agree ! Idiots who still believe in sly sangomas and fake bishops!

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-08-08 18:04

    OMG this is inhuman. This Bishop deserves the worst punishment there is in this world, what is this world coming to??

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-08 18:18

    Am so unxplainably flabbergasted.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-08 18:29

    Gauge their eyes,castrate their . . . .and mutilate them while they are still alive.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-08 23:51

    Tony Naidoo is not ZCC that u know,WE HAVE LOT OF ZIONIST churches in our commmunities 4 your information,

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-09 04:46

    That damn healer should get the worst penalty. He's no different to Charles Manson!

  • snethembah - 2012-08-09 06:55

    Such animals,they ought to rot in jail forever!!!

      louiseroger.higham - 2012-08-09 08:01

      Not animals SAVAGES

  • thandazab - 2012-08-09 10:05

    Yoh I had such a traumatic experience with one of those ppl I don't even want them to look at me. Or sit by me or anything to do with the lot!!! Totally destroying the name of Christianity!!

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