Three deny murdering mom, kids

2012-11-05 22:28

Pretoria - Three men who allegedly murdered a Pretoria North woman and her two children after breaking into their house pleaded not guilty in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

Sipho Masiqa, 34, Raymond Matshaba, 27 and Bradley Molefe, 34, pleaded not guilty to murdering Thifhelimbilu Mashau, her eight-month-old baby Avheani and four-year-old daughter Adivhaho in July 2010.

They also pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances and to charges of kidnapping and raping Mashau.

The State alleges the accused strangled the two children after breaking into Mashau’s house in Theresa Park during the night.

They allegedly robbed Mashau of her red VW Polo and other items.

They forced her to accompany them to Ga-Rankuwa, where they allegedly raped and murdered her.

A group of hunters discovered her half-naked body in the bushes two days later.

Masiqa and Molefe used their right to silence, but Matshaba said he had merely helped Masiqa hide the car and had nothing to do with the murders.

Mashau’s friend Khathutshelo Ramabulana testified she had phoned a security company after finding her friend’s home standing open and her car gone and being unable to reach her.

Captain Happy Seane testified he found the body of a toddler with a balaclava over her face in one of the bedrooms.

The other child was lying face-down in the bathtub.


Warrant Officer R Baloyi testified he had known Mashau and identified her body.

Her underwear and trousers had been pulled down to her knees, patches of her hair had been ripped out and she had visible injuries behind both ears, on her head, her back and leg.

Masiqa’s girlfriend Tshepiso Mogotsi testified she had seen Masiqa with a red VW Polo at their house in July 2010.

A woman and two others had been in the car.

Masiqa said the woman had given the car to him because they wanted the insurance money.

He wanted to register the car in Mogotsi’s name, but she refused.

Masiqa later returned home with the same car and a lot of items, including the papers for the car, a plasma television, laptop computer, DVD player and a bottle of expensive whisky.

“He told me he took the things at Theresa Park... He said he was going to sell it,” she said.

When she later heard a radio report about a woman and two children who had been murdered in Theresa Park, Mogotsi confronted Masiqa, but he denied killing anyone.

Mogotsi went to the police to report what had happened and helped the police find Masiqa.

The trial continues.

  • michael.smit.73997 - 2012-11-05 22:33

    i believe that if someone just jumps over your wall, you may shoot him dead.

      Vernon Rudolph - 2012-11-05 22:38

      Why didn't they just take what they wanted and leave?Why kill them?Your day is coming you scum of the earth.

      Vernon Rudolph - 2012-11-05 22:56

      Bastards.Your day is coming.

      michael.smit.73997 - 2012-11-06 10:10

      but i suppose each criminal you shoot dead, the less votes zuma gets. if you introduced the death penalty, his voting numbers will vanish by like 30%

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-11-05 23:04

    Rot in jail scumbags.. Did this Mama and her two kids stand a chance with 3 'men' killing and raping this woman! Our society is degenerating on a fast track to hell.. RIP

  • digger.dighead - 2012-11-06 01:50

    Well done Mogotsi, it could not have been an easy thing to do and no doubt her life could be in danger. As for them I hope they get the full treatment by their fellow prisoners. (The ones that at least care about children). Bastards!!!

  • kgobi.linah - 2012-11-06 05:52

    Three deny murdering mom,kids

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-06 06:29

    They always deny, even when caught red handed!

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-06 06:34

    And the stupid criminal-friendly justice system will consider their so-called rights when punishing the monsters ! A result of having \ THE BEST CONSTITUTION IN THE WORLD \ .

  • juannepierre - 2012-11-06 06:50

    It takes a certain type of person to kill a child. This is just horrifying although not something out of the ordinary for the gangland that is SA.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-06 06:56

      True, i dont understand what sort of person would strangle a child,you have to be a certain breed.

  • werner.vandeventer - 2012-11-06 07:04

    The african way

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-06 09:28

      please take your racist sh@t somewhere else. Sadly, this is the human way...

      rude.awakning - 2012-11-07 10:58

      it would not have sounded racist if it was said to be the south african way! Crime knows no boundries! Every race, culture, religion, nationality or cult has these elements waiting to strike on innocent and unsuspecting victims! Hate the criminal not the race! I hope they get what they deserve in prison! Who's your papa? B*stards!

  • Zahir - 2012-11-06 07:15

    These things must be killed the same way victims died slow and pain

  • kitty2wp - 2012-11-06 08:56

    Mogotsi - you did the right thing - not sure why you hanging with these evil people. Sad story for the victims and their families though. Our criminals don't fear prison or the law.

  • Andrea - 2012-11-06 09:08

    Good for you, Mogotsi, doing the right thing in assisting the police as you did. Thank you.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-11-06 09:15

    wander what the chiefs court would have done to these bastards?

  • thabo.tlapa - 2012-11-06 09:28

    Death Penalty plz....I hope.someone in jail finds out what they dd and rape them to hell.

  • toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-06 13:37

    It is bad enough they rapped and killed the mother, but an 8 month old baby and a 4 year old? what harm could they do? what was the point of that? it is sick! completely sick! they should be locked up and never see the light of day again, the death penalty truely should apply here. People who do this do not belong in society.

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