Gogo raped and killed in KZN

2012-08-03 10:07

Pietermaritzburg - A 62-year-old man from KwaDambuza near Edendale in Pietermaritzburg could identify the mutilated body of his partner of many years only by one arm and a leg after she was raped and her face was severely battered in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Kuteyi Mbambo said an arm and a leg told him that the woman lying lifeless on the road was his partner, Pauline Ngubane, 60, who had left to go to a clinic earlier.

Her body was discovered by community members next to a sewage pipe in Snathing Road.

She had been stripped naked.

Walked to clinic

Mbambo sat on his bed at his one-room house on Thursday, describing his loss as pain etched his face.

He said Ngubane had left their home just before 03:00 to collect her medication from the Caluza clinic.

She usually left early to avoid the long queues at the clinic, and had to walk because there were no minibus taxis.

Mbambo said he expected Ngubane back home at 06:00.

“Normally I accompany her in the morning, but on Wednesday I had to babysit our 4-year-old grandson.”

When she had not returned by 09:00, Mbambo decided to walk to the clinic to check if she was being kept overnight.

On his way there, he saw a group of people and police officers gathered around a body.

“I asked people what was going on, but no one would speak.

“I then asked the police. I told them I was on my way to the clinic to look for my partner, and they asked me for her name.

“I saw a leg and then an arm, and I knew it was her. I then looked at her face. It was completely smashed, smeared with blood and swollen.

“I could not recognise her. She was naked.

Final indignity

“They didn’t even leave her bra on. The only thing decent about her was the blanket that the community had covered her with.”

At the memory of this final indignity to the love of his life, his grief overwhelmed him and he broke down in tears, saying he did not know what kind of person would be “that vicious to beat her up like that”.

“Now I am left here with nothing, and I do not know what to do.”

The police believe that Ngubane was raped before being killed.

Wednesday’s incident came after two elderly women were raped in the Swayimane area of Greytown.

An 82-year-old woman was raped on Saturday and a 92-year-old woman on July 23.

Anyone with information about Ngubane’s death should call the investigating officer, Lieutenant Sipho Lawrence Bhengu, of Plessislaer detective services, at 033 3989774 or 083 5305392.

  • FNWitch - 2012-08-03 10:14

    This is truly heart-wrenching. My heart goes out to the family and friends.

      Squeegee - 2012-08-03 10:23

      Evil walks among us. It seems there are more monsters out there than we can imagine. This is why the death penalty should be reconsidered - if not as a deterrent, then to rid us of this sort of creature and to stop them from re offending.

      Thelma Nkosi - 2012-08-03 10:24

      This is very sad, how can a human being do this to another human being!

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-08-03 10:41

      Very sad...but keep voting for the anc and this will keep happening. Zuma still blames Verwoerd who died 46 years ago for the anc's bad service delivery?? With an idiot like this running our country expect more of the same. And its happening to the people that vote for this idiot! Please one bullet one Zuma

      Cavefacio - 2012-08-03 11:34

      He said Ngubane had left their home just before 03:00 to collect her medication from the Caluza clinic. Starting with the sad state of affairs in this country that someone has to leave at that time to avoid long queues. Using the same blame shifting and logic employed by the ANC, that every colonialist from Jan v Riebeeck to HF Verwoerd is responsible for for today's poor education, except themselves:- Lets blame the Minister of Health for her death! Lets not blame poor policing, poor service delivery, moral degeneration, the poor example set by our leader with regards to corruption, bribery and being "jackals" sic. Lets not blame complacency by the community by sheltering criminals either by commission or omission. Lets not blame the absence of political will to change this country for the betterment of all citizens, not a selected few. Morally, I cannot condone the death penalty, and I will publicly cry if that is brought back, because the death penalty IMO is an expression of man's want for revenge. However, if that is what it takes.........

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-08-03 11:53

      @squeegee I agree. I can't imagine what kind of monster would do such a thing. What I do know is that the way we're dealing with these monsters is not good enough, we need more extreme measures. An eye for an eye: you kill, you die. You destroy someone's life by raping, you die. Bring back the death penalty!!! FFS!

      mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-10-06 12:46

      The ANC want Natal and the western cape ungovenable. get it in your heads. projected tourism figures ( fedhasa) are dropping by 18% this year due to direct flights being lost. the running riot in the streets , murdering people at will , and all everyone does is go about day to day. madam Zille a referendum please . republic of western cape can be very successful and so can a independent Natal , maybe before the official figure ( not believed) 55 deaths a day become 155 a day.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-08-03 10:19

    Catch and castrate the sick bastard with a blunt razor. My sympathy to her partner Kuteyi Mbambo, what a traumatic experience to see her body like that.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-08-03 10:20

    Zuma mark my words what you sow you shall reap, I am disgusted that you are doing nothing to curb these type's of crimes, it will come back to haunt you. My condolences to the family

      sphiwe.dllamini - 2012-08-03 10:28

      The only thing he does is to release prisners back to the community so that they rape, steal and kill innocent people.

  • Meister01 - 2012-08-03 10:20

    They are not worthy to be called human.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-03 10:21

    Please....Mob justice needed !

  • LanfearM - 2012-08-03 10:23

    I don't normally approve of mob-justice and usually think these guys should be caught and prosecuted via the rule of law, i.e. life imprisonment! But in these cases, bugger that, hand them to the mob! Horrible, just horrible, how can people DO this to others? The government MUST stop turning a blind eye to our terrible rape statistics!

      Squeegee - 2012-08-03 10:41

      Lanfear, this is what worries me about policing and the justice system in SA. It turns moderate people into a bloodthirsty mobs. We desperately need change in this country - education and moral based values, police that do the job, courts that punish,etc. Unfortunately we do not have leaders with the political will to bring about real change - only "jackals" deployed to enrich themselves.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-03 11:25

      One would have to search hard to find a country that has shown the rapid decline in education, respect and morals as South Africa. All those poeple for whom the people once had respect for, such as our elders, are now treated with contempt. One day the f#$@ers will be old too and I hope there "golden" years turn to lead.

      JASEVEN156 - 2012-08-03 11:48

      @Lantear! What Rule of law are u talking about???? There is no rule of law in south africa. the criminal will be out either on bail or after 25 years in prison. Now what is that?? Can you equate that 25 years to the brutal murder of that kind. This pig must be killed too. Thats all. eye for an eye. Death penalt or mob justice bcuz the judicial have failed us for their love of money!!!!!!!

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-03 10:23

    Neighborhood watch is needed in every township !..there's more good people than bad & with the amount of unemployment surely people in the townships could pay R1 a week to an organization to man the streets. If everyone would just stand together this sort of disgusting act could lesson very quickly!

      Perfume5 - 2012-08-03 10:28

      I agree with your comment, if neighbourhood watch is started in the townships I guarantee you, we will read that crime has dropped. Justice will be served immediately on rapists, burglars etc. Government be warned.

  • zamasishi.madlala - 2012-08-03 10:24

    Ngaze nganyanya-sick to my stomach

  • Perfume5 - 2012-08-03 10:24

    Heartbreaking. These rapists need to face the hard core prisoners in prison, stop giving them R500 bail, these are the ones that get bail and go out doing the same vile crime! If the government stays silent on these attacks on the elderly, then mob justice will suffice.

  • Gavin - 2012-08-03 10:26

    until zuma and his cronies pull their heads out of the money trough that they've been gorging themselves on since the another national crisis party came to power, criminals will continue to act with impunity. you don't put a rapist in jail, you remove it from the gene pool. one day, I hope zuma and his bum chums reap the whirlwind.

  • sphiwe.dllamini - 2012-08-03 10:26

    This is so sad. I can feel the pains of this gentlemam. But how could people be so cruel? how do you do this to the senior citizens. Elders need our protection and respect. My condolences to all her loved ones.

  • MiguelPauloRibeiro - 2012-08-03 10:30

    This is not human. Bring back the death penalty, we need to rid this country of this scum. I'm so so sorry for this family. My condolences go out to them.

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-08-03 10:33

    I am stunned at the viciousness of this attack. The agony that the woman must have gone through before succumbing to the injuries must have been horrific. How can anybody do something like that - even animals do not behave like that. I can not even equate him / them to animals My heartfelt condolences go out to the partner and family members

  • malungisa.samuel - 2012-08-03 10:42

    I remember 1 day it was during the night i was coming back to my house now i saw an old woman raped by kids now this woman went to the doctor then she want to lay a charge then the doctor said to her sorry mam this is not a real rape this is unexpacted sex you were not expacting sex

  • eric.shinn.90 - 2012-08-03 10:44

    Where are you little troll-cowards now??

  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-08-03 10:46

    Mans inhumanity to mankind this space!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-03 10:51

    If Japan can do it, then so can we. Bring back the death sentence for these bastards.

      delish7564 - 2012-08-03 11:22

      Difference being Carolyn, Japan has a Justice system that works. I would be very afraid in SA if the death penalty was brought back with the current system open to such corruption :(

  • solani.nkunzi - 2012-08-03 10:52

    hw cn a normal human being do this 2 a harmless old woman?as a police trainee its crimes lyk diz dat make me wanna go out nd contribute towards de ensuring safety

  • milton.msomi - 2012-08-03 10:52

    i dont know what to say because this brakes my heart and make me cry oh poor gogo.realy we need a solution to stop this thing.

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-08-03 11:00

    This is very bad, really bad. Asking yourself what king of community are we living in, people are so cruel that they can do something so cruel like this, and this is not the first incident. Hoping that one day the government will realize that death penalty must be brought back. Please! Please! Please!

  • Hangwanie - 2012-08-03 11:01

    Where was the grandson's mother? If she was around Gogo should have got company and she could have been safe. As for the culprit, he must face the music. May her soul rest in piece

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-08-03 11:06

    This is no longer sick its beyond sicknes even the lowest of animals in the wild don't kill like this, I tried looking for a word on the dictionary to describe but cauld not find it. Maybe the illegal drugs circulating can account for this psychological pathology

  • riette.nothling - 2012-08-03 11:08

    How utterly sad! and how pathetic is a man if he has to rape a 60-year old woman who cannot defend herself against such brutality. I hope they catch the bastard who did this, my prayers to her life partner, it can't be easy knowing your loved one died such a violent death.

      Perfume5 - 2012-08-03 11:57

      This is the third article we reading of elderly women being raped. First a 94yr old, then an 82yr old now a 60yr old. It is time mob justice steps in, it will be the only time rapists/murders/burglars will receive their sentencing. These lower than shark sh!it in the sea has robbed these 3 elderly women of their dignity!!! The 82yr old's son said that his Dad passed away 35yrs ago, and since the death of his Dad, his Mom had never taken another man, and along comes a filthy pig to defile this lady and rob her dignity. I want one of them to try this with my elderly family, they will not make the news at all.

  • maki.thejane - 2012-08-03 11:13

    These animals who did this will reap! i'm out of words but their payback will be unbearable!!!!!!!

  • thethird.wors - 2012-08-03 11:23

    and when these evil bags of **** are arrested we will bleat about human rights? Acting like this is not humane, they deserve to eat bullets and nothing more.

  • delish7564 - 2012-08-03 11:26

    Tragic does not even begin to describe this situation. This was not just rape, it was murder of a most brutal kind against a defenseless old lady. May she rest in peace. My sincere condolences to her family and friends, particularly her partner having to find her like would haunt me for the rest of my life if it was my loved one!!!!!

  • carole.small.96 - 2012-08-03 11:27

    Now is the time to bring back the death sentence. Our old people have suffered enough from these cowards. If the death sentence can not be restored then bring in castration. Even first time offenders must be severely dealt with. They are yellow bellied bastards who have shown no human rights for their victims, so why do they presume on human rights.

  • lande.willemse - 2012-08-03 11:29

    Hmmm... makes you wonder if these are some of the rapists/murderers who were granted bail by Zuma??! SHame on you Zuma and shame on these monsters

  • sesom - 2012-08-03 11:31

    Catch these bastards and Hang them...

  • lee.theron.9 - 2012-08-03 11:31

    This is just sick!!!!!!!!!! and so unnecessary. I feel the pain the husband and the family must be feeling and pray to God that I never have to experience or go through what so many have had to with their loved ones killed or hurt under such cruel circumstances. Such a lovely world but such terrible people living in it.

  • Vic - 2012-08-03 11:45

    I feel the pain exactly as this family, because I just buried (29/07/2012) my younger brother who was robbed, stabbed and hacked with pangas by these evil people. I wanted to kill them myself, but unfortunately when I got there all three of them where arrested. I know our disabled justice system will let them out soon and I will kill them. Maybe my pain will go away.

      shireen.abbas - 2012-08-03 12:15

      SO so sorry for your loss and ur family ! May GOd carry you all through this time . May ur bro RIP ! Alwayz

  • JASEVEN156 - 2012-08-03 11:53

    These creatures must be killed too. The judicial system loves money, so much of bail. 25 years in jail is nothing as compared to this brutal murder. Death penalty. If they cant let them hire me I will execute them. I dont care what will hapen to me. They must be out of the community xaa.

  • waiszee.sing - 2012-08-03 11:55

    Final indignity... really a disgusting world we live in when you have to fear the saftey of your sisters and mom

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-03 12:00

    these horror stories just continue - surely you cannot blame this violent crime on poverty or lack of education - our natural instincts tell us this act is wrong. these killer rapists have to be evil - from the devil. animals attack for food or to protect their young or themselves - they don't do it for fun ... so these people are not animals - they are devils.

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-03 12:52

    yet question is for how long?...where's zuma....this is turning into a these creatures have grandparents...their own mothers are in danger if not already raped....

  • bishop.solitaire - 2012-08-03 13:06

    This incident has nothing to do poverty, its a pure act of evil.And I think it is time for black and white to stand TOGETHER, put away the past and work for a safe envirament. We must vote for the right politicians to bring law and order in the country!! RIP Gogo , my heart goes out to your family.

  • mart.botha - 2012-08-03 13:13

    The community must now strike fear into the hearts and minds of all criminals. This is the last resort but, 'when the law is wrong or is not protecting the innocent, then the law must be broken !. We are left with no other choice I'm afraid to say. The time has come that the innocent take back their know who you are !'.

      Sherril Campbell Bauer - 2012-08-06 18:30

      agree totally.

  • smahlaba - 2012-08-03 14:25

    I cannot believe things like this are happening in an area near my township. This is total madness. I hope this thugs are found and they get what they deserve.

  • smahlaba - 2012-08-03 14:30

    The policing system fails the communities they serve. It's so easy for cases to be dropped because of corrupt policemen. I wish we all could choose to always do the right thing.

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  • ericanbarker - 2012-08-03 16:46

    F*cken savages, i hope that the person who did this will die a long and painful death

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-03 22:38

    ununderstandably inhumane!

  • Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-08-03 23:09

    No. No. No. Senseless, barbaric, sickening, evil. Enough is enough.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-04 08:22

    But unfortunately they will be treated like crech babies in the name of ' human rights'.And unbelievably they wil be acquited in the name of ' lack of evidence'.Thats why pple prefer swift punishment (mob justice) so dont blame them they are up.

  • hlengiwe.mdlalose.5 - 2012-08-04 08:59

    Mmmm our country is beibg chagd now we rely need srong preyer on this I rely dnt know wat rong to d ppl especialy mens they embarrsed us

  • Sherril Campbell Bauer - 2012-08-06 18:29

    if only the death penalty could be reinstated.Hugs and sympathy to the gogo and her partner.

  • phizaphizpop.thindisa - 2012-10-22 11:12

    The goverment is not doing anything about this....this is very npianful to see your wife in cold blood . In South Africa criminals are protected,i think the goverment must do something with this,thugs cant just take lives of innocent people without getting any punishment

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