'Why did you kill my mom?'

2012-10-02 09:49

Johannesburg - A Gauteng court has heard a 13-year-old address the killer of her mother directly in a letter, asking him why he had murdered her mother.

The emotional letter was read out at the trial of Nyiko Ubisi, the man who shot her mother and her friend in Tembisa in front of her four years ago, The Star reported.

“When I heard that my mom died it felt like my heartbeat stopped. We need our moms through stages that our granny can’t pass with us and I need my mom for girl talks. My granny is old; she tries her best [but] I’m turning 13, I’m becoming a teen. Who am I going to share and experience those stages with? Why did you kill my mom?” asked the girl in her letter.

Ubisi appeared unmoved and even smiled when he was sentenced to 72 years for the murders of Nomonde Selaledi and Nomusa Seluma, who was visiting her. He was also convicted on a separate rape charge.

Selaledi was allegedly killed because she wouldn’t drop a rape charge she had laid against Ubisi.

Judge Harold Knopp said Ubisi was a danger to society. “These are extremely serious offences, especially the murders and the rape. Punishment should fit the crime.”

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-10-02 10:04

    Aaaag shame man poor girl.. Heish, you see what these idiots put our children through after they kill us.. Now this child must suffer and yet this idiot shows NO remorse! Very sad

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-10-02 10:08

      I agree, the death penalty should return

  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-02 10:07

    Gut him and impale him.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-02 10:15

    A waste of time trying to find a conscience-these are filthy unhuman garbage!

  • nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-10-02 10:19

    Death penalty. Sorry he got rights. But not the innocent. I don't know how things will get better. We need the death penalty

  • takudzwa.mugwangi - 2012-10-02 10:21

    "he is a danger to society"and he was created by someone in the society.

      thembelani.masikane - 2012-10-02 13:38

      Your point exactly mate?

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-10-02 18:59

      I wonder who that would be. Some people are just born bad to the bone.

      takudzwa.mugwangi - 2012-10-05 08:51

      I meant , no one is born with a twisted mind like that,someone had to corrupt it .It takes wrong but powerful ideology to create him .Catching one twisted mind does not solve the problem ,these destructive traits come from a section of society.

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-10-02 10:55

    You're right Your Honour, ''punishment should fit the crime'', sadly that punishment is no longer in the constitution.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-10-02 11:02

    Amazing how long it takes to sentence these criminals. what a waste of tax payers money. Just put them to death.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-02 11:08

    Hang the vermin ... after he's been tortured.

  • Sipho Mbatha - 2012-10-02 11:16

    @ Inhlanzi, what's th use of the sentence cause he is going to be supporte by oour hard earned money. When they are in jail it's like a hotel to them. They take other people's rights but theirs are protected by our useless constitution.

  • sonia.bloem - 2012-10-02 11:19

    Stone him!!!

  • eugene.pienaar.54 - 2012-10-02 11:25

    bring back the deth penalty !!!!! you take a life you pay with yours get rid of the skum in our south africa!

  • ian.rhodes.5686 - 2012-10-02 11:26

    Quote, "Ubisi appeared unmoved and evden smiled when he was sentenced to 72 years imprisonment" unquote. And the powers that be rant and rave when the community take the law into their own hands! Bring back the death penalty, and when this rubbish feels the noose being placed around his neck I would like to see him smile then!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-02 11:37

    He killed because he knew that he will be granted lenient sentence and given free three per day.

  • bobby.boon.18 - 2012-10-02 11:42

    IF any correctional service officer read this an have a shread of decency make shure that this Criminal do not survive his sentence be creative get someone to CUT his Genitals off and leave him to bleed to death from the wound... Cos thats what he deserves But our Government does thier best to protect Criminals and thier rights to rape and murder you must remember he comes from poverty and oppression we must all feel sory for him NOT! Kill him Slowly!!!

  • jan.plank.35 - 2012-10-02 11:59

    He smiled ????? Will he smile when he sees the rope ?????????

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-10-02 13:57

    The sentencing was appropriate in this case. The Judge has my respect. My deepest condolences to a young girl who obviously needs her mother at this critical stage in her life. This criminal doesn't have the right to even feel the sun on his skin when he does out in the prison yard.

  • refiloe.modise - 2012-10-02 15:01

    RIP Nomonde Selaledi and Nomusa Seluma; u r still being remembered by all of us whose lives u touched.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-02 15:14

    Those who live by the sword should die by the sword therefore SA should bring back the death penalty, nothing more nothing less because I'm disgusted to think how my money will be taking care of this DEVIL!!!

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-10-02 15:42

    YOU R \SMILLING )u roothless DOG.NXA

  • thizatouch - 2012-10-02 18:53

    what's it gonna take for the government to constitutionalise the death penalty??? animals like this should be put down PERMANENTLY!!

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