Witness watched girl's mutilation - claim

2011-07-21 23:04

Pretoria - A witness watched as schoolgirl Masego Kgomo was mutilated, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

Albert "Nono" Mathebula was testifying in the trial of Brian Mangwale, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering and raping the 10-year-old Masego and selling her body parts for muti.

Mathebula was initially also arrested in connection with Kgomo's murder.

He testified on Thursday that he was smoking dagga with friends on the night of December 31 2009 when Mangwale arrived in a car with a man named Jan, a woman in sangoma's clothing and a young child.

He and two of his friends accompanied them to a sangoma's house in Soshanguve.

Mathebula went inside with the woman, who carried the child. His friends stayed in the car.

Heard voices

He told the court that he and Mangwale were given cooldrink which contained something that made him feel dizzy, out of control and hear voices in his head.

"On entering, we found initiates. They were dressed in sangoma clothing," Mathebula testified.

"... The lady came in with a cloth. The child was not crying. It appeared she was also made to eat or drink something. When Jan cut her open, she did not scream.

"... I did not see the other parts. I only saw the internal organs. When she was cut open I looked so I could see what it is inside a woman's body.

"Jan continued to cut open the child. When they were removing the organs I vomited," he said.

Mathebula said the child's body was later put into the car boot and he and his friends were dropped off at a party.

"My friends asked me what happened with the child. I did not tell them. I was afraid," he said.


Mangwale’s trial was previously postponed for judgment, but Judge Billy Mothle called Mathebula and two other witnesses to shed more light on the killing.

The other witnesses, a magistrate and a senior policeman, testified that Mangwale made confessions and a pointing-out to them in March last year about the alleged murder and mutilation of another young girl.

They said Mangwale told them how the girl was lured into their car and taken to bushes near a river, where a sangoma called Jan Maleka cut out her tongue and cut off both her breasts before removing her womb.

The sangoma took the body parts with him when they left the child's body behind in the bushes.

Mangwale told them he was paid R4 500 for the job.

They said Mangwale showed no signs of having been tortured or forced to make the statement and told them he wanted to clear his conscience.


Mangwale has claimed that he was tortured by the police and was forced to confess to Kgomo's murder and that of another young girl, which he could not have committed as he was in jail at the time.

A number of confessions, in which he has given different versions of the murder, have been admitted as evidence against him.

Mothle criticised the State and police for the way in which the case had been presented, saying it had been left up to him to go and find the witnesses.

He said it was clear that a number of people had been involved in the murder and he wanted to know why the others had not been charged.

Prosecutor MJ Makgwatha said the only evidence against other possible perpetrators was contained in Mangwale’s confessions, which could not be used as evidence against them.

Other accused might still be charged if new evidence emerged, but it was possible that they might never be brought to justice.

She said the State did not want to call any of the alleged accomplices as witnesses because the national prosecuting authority was not prepared to offer them indemnity from prosecution.

The trial was postponed to August 8 for possible new witnesses, failing which Judge Mothle would give judgment.

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-21 23:31


      Boer - 2011-07-22 04:37

      Damn barbaric in todays world.

      open-minded - 2011-07-22 05:30

      @Lekker Jan, this in not anyone's culture but plain witchcraft!!

      Johan - 2011-07-22 07:06

      open-minded. Witchcraft is part of their culture.

      Worldwise - 2011-07-22 07:12

      @ Open minded. Witchcraft is part of the black culture. A Sangoma is a witchdoctor. What part don't you understand?

      Gail - 2011-07-22 08:28

      These "people" are subhuman!! As long as there is ancestral worship, sangoma's, muti killing etc. this country will NEVER amount to anything.

      NO-BULL - 2011-07-22 09:50

      Ignorant - Pagans are witches. Pagans love life and do not condone killings. Those who know what they are speaking of don't connect human sacrifice with witchcraft. Whose who live in TV land think that a 'Witchdoctor' is a 'Witch'. Whichcraft means loving nature and praying to the Earth... this is equal to butchering and raping 10 year old girls, how? Get out of TV land and get a little bit clued up why don't you!? This is culture, plain and simple. They eat people and complain about people being killed. Where do the idiots think the hearts and livers they eat come from? did some guy off the street come in and donate his heart on the way to work or perhaps he was paid R50 to sell his brain? They don't care. It is their 'faith' so who cares who had to die for it? But when they find the body then it's: "Oh the shock and the horror! Who's up for human liver with a side order of brains tonight? My treat"

      Bratt - 2011-07-22 12:11

      'witchcraft is part of their culture...' is like saying apartheid/racism is part of afrikaner culture. Not all blacks practice witchcraft, so it cant be part of a culture. Just as not all afrikaners are racist. And to be frank, witchcraft is/was practiced all over the world, not only by blacks.

      montecristo - 2011-07-22 12:32

      And the others haven't been charges - i.e. the sangoma, etc. are still walking around free, plying their depraved trade - travesty of justice, shocking!!!!!!!

  • leerobbertse - 2011-07-21 23:40

    Bloody animals, what's sad these animals can vote and steer the direction, we all have to live under. My her soul rest in piece.

      Worldwise - 2011-07-22 07:14

      Animals don't cut their own species up because of superstitious beliefs. Animals are peaceful, humans are barbaric.

      NO-BULL - 2011-07-22 09:52

      All humans or only a certain group?

      Ederik - 2011-07-22 12:03

      Do not insult animals! They are barbarians. BIG difference!

      frangelico - 2011-07-22 12:16

      @leerobbertse:It makes me fume when these subhumans are reffered to as animals: Have you seen any animal do such heinious things to another?If it was legal to kill this vermin I would.I would not even feed their remains to an animal.Would just let them rot where no one can get to them but the maggots because thats what they are maggots.Sadly but true these subhumans are allowed to vote,and for the same idiots time after time.To kgomos'family & others in the same position my heartfelt sympathy may their souls rest in peace.To those who say it's their culture all I can say is F***k your culture.

  • Goddok - 2011-07-21 23:47

    What sick F%cK#rs.Hang them!!!! Bring back capital punishment!!!

      NO-BULL - 2011-07-22 09:53

      Been praying for that for ages. Why will it change now? Just because another one of the thousands of walking meals per year has been found? I think not. More likely you will find a muti restaurant chain before a Zulu in charge of a country will do anything to stop it.

      GinSA1 - 2011-07-22 12:42

      Found this, started today asking for a Referendum on the bringing back of the Death Penalty.!/groups/207571865960970. Remember - 'A life spent trying to make a difference is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing'

  • phunkylizzy - 2011-07-21 23:50

    I almost vomit just reading this! How can people be this cruel! Reminds me of what Leonardo DiCaprio's character said in Blood Diamond, "God left Africa a long time ago.." this is just shocking! makes me ashamed to be a human...:-(

      braveinternetguy - 2011-07-22 01:19

      There, there, no need to be ashamed. Ever hear of terms like "humane", "humanitarian", "humanity"? These are good things. However, if you were...say...SUB-human, you too would have reason to wish the earth to swallow you.

      Together - 2011-07-22 14:17

      way to go, Scott - right off topic, considering that this story is about the horrific murder of a child and her killers haven't even all been charged. No-one cares which religion, or lack of, is better - anyone cutting up little girls is wrong.

  • Bob - 2011-07-22 00:21

    Absolutely sickening.

  • jm21 - 2011-07-22 00:40

    this is a sad story but what the heck is up with the story writing and editing?? e.g. "A witness has told court in Pretoria that he watched as schoolgirl Masego Kgomo was cut open because he wanted to see what was inside a woman's body." who wanted to see inside a woman's body? the witness? or a third party? this is such mickey mouse editing!!

      GinSA1 - 2011-07-22 12:43

      Ummmm, read it again. Plain as the nose on your face it was the witness who wanted to see it......

      Together - 2011-07-22 14:20

      Witness Mathebula stated: ""... I did not see the other parts. I only saw the internal organs. When she was cut open I looked so I could see what it is inside a woman's body." Quite clear to me.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-07-22 01:02

    They should all be ground up into dog food. Prison is too good for people who do this.

      MartinFord - 2011-07-22 03:11

      I don't want my dog eating this scum.

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-07-22 01:13

    On that very night, at that very moment in time, and not particularly far away, more civilized people were having parties where little girls aren't drugged, raped and then cut open ALIVE in order to sell her body parts to be used as an ingredient in a potion that renders its user, invisible. Oh no. They were preparing to welcome in a year of new hope, new goals, higher aspirations and greater achievement. Some of the inhabitants of this country thrive in squalour and destitution; they are carriers of chaos and rot and spread it wherever they go, who create living spaces where it's cultcha for children are torn apart for their precious meat.

      NO-BULL - 2011-07-22 09:58

      Become invisible OR turn into a terrorizing snail! Let's not forget that one!

  • Larro - 2011-07-22 01:21

    I have no words for this.

  • Banned - 2011-07-22 01:35

    Why are the the sangoma's never prosecuted in these cases, its always some guy who just happened to be in the vicinity. I have also yet to see anyone prosecuted for buying these parts.

      NO-BULL - 2011-07-22 09:59

      Freedom of religion and all that

      Sparrow - 2011-07-22 14:41

      True, i guess their muti works really well....

  • Charles - 2011-07-22 02:05

    Mangwale has claimed that he was tortured by the police - good work police, he bloody deserved it. This guy does not deserve any human rights!

      Gail - 2011-07-22 08:32

      One has to be human to deserve human rights!!!!

  • mya - 2011-07-22 02:14

    When will the leaders of this country make a statement on this? How much do you think they sold their souls for? I will never raise a child in South Africa, never.

  • marc.potgieter1 - 2011-07-22 02:42

    No words to describe what I am feeling after having read this. May those people responsible rot in hell. Condolences to the family.

      Jezabbela - 2011-07-22 07:40

      how horrific must it be for her mother to hear that her baby died like this!!! Sick bastards!!!

      NO-BULL - 2011-07-22 10:00

      Unless the mother is sick, also. In that case the medicine will work so much better and she will be praising her daughter for helping her mother so much.

  • Mark - 2011-07-22 02:56

    This is the price you pay for trying to restore the 'dignity' of traditional African culture. This multi-culturalism trash refuses to admit that some cultures are not only different, but better. We want a culture that allows the greatest good for the greatest number; that is not the aim of African culture. Some things are not only different, but better. That is why we use the Arabic numerical system and not the Roman. In fact, the Arabic system has displaced all other numerical systems where people have had the choice. Books and pens have displaced quills and parchment. Guns have displaced bows and arrows. Different AND better. Abandon this fixation on Ubuntu

      Tjonki - 2011-07-22 06:09

      Mark for president :) You are spot on my friend, SPOT ON!!!

  • Tjonki - 2011-07-22 06:06

    Die "klomp goed" is siek verby, vang hulle en hang hulle! Net 'n klomp valse tradisies en bygelowe. Dit is jammer dat 'n groot getal van ons land se leiers ook daarin glo, en nie veel aan die saak sal doen nie! "Stort asb tog net na seks want dit sal mos die Aids weghou, of sny nog 'n bees se keel af langs jou buurman se huis want ons gaan mos die unveiling van Tant Koek se Hoenderhaan vuur..."Die klomp is barbaars, dit is 2011 maar hulle kies om nog so te lewe"

      Worldwise - 2011-07-22 07:18

      You're saying that their culture has false beliefs and superstitions. What is the difference between their false beliefs and superstitions and religion?

      Mark - 2011-07-22 07:54

      The difference is that most Asian and Western superstitions don't encourage people to go out and rip other people to pieces and sell the parts for money. There is no cultural defense for mutilation and murder. Don't look at the intentions of a culture; look at the results.

      NO-BULL - 2011-07-22 10:10

      Mark, you are afool if you think anything you say will stick to Worldwise. Clearly he/she is a supporter of muti so what makes you think he/she hasn't already shared in the joys of eating the juicy flesh of a heavily DRUGGED 10 year old girl who's organs were kept PURE by her being alive when the organs were removed? Nice juicy PURE, DRUGGED body parts. Tell me Worldwise, I am a bit confused about this... The report said that this girl was raped also. If her parts were removed while she was alive, did you and your friends rape the girl while you were drugged (according to the report the witness was drugged) or did you rape the meat sach that remained or did you rape her 'part' from across the room? Mark, do you honestly think that anyone who would rape a soon-to-be murder vicotm, someone who would rape a corpse or someone who would rape a removed bodypart could care about anything you have to say to them?

      Mark - 2011-07-22 10:30

      Worldwide isn't necessarily any of the things that you have accused them of, as much as I am not necessarily a fool. They could merely be some bleeding heart moral relativist pointing out that all cultures and people have some false beliefs. The thing is with moral relativists is that they don't believe anything is totally right or totally wrong. They have to look at the results of the ideas they are defending. PS. I don't think the type of person you describe in your last paragraph is able to listen to anyone, neither do I think they would be capable of using a computer to access the internet. It takes a certain type of primitive brain to carry out these acts. Empathy has evolved in humans over thousands of years. The creatures you mention are a few steps out of the primordial ooze.

      Philosopher - 2011-07-22 12:24

      I blame religion. And before you tell me your Christian religion is better..don't forget how people sold their daughters into slavery and offered their daughters to be raped in the old testament. Even today children are being molested by Christian priests etc. etc. Religion is filth, in all it's forms.

      GinSA1 - 2011-07-22 12:45

      'A life spent trying to make a difference is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing' - so sign up for a Referendum regarding the Death Penalty @ -

  • werner.smidt - 2011-07-22 06:31

    Funniest thing is .. if I have anything to say to this, I'll be labeled as the "epitome of ignorance" .. again... oh please let that happen.

  • Trudy - 2011-07-22 06:33

    I can't believe what I have read here, whether you are just watching or participating, how can anyone take the life of a defenseless child? Is this general sangoma practice?

  • Andre - 2011-07-22 06:47

    ... they walk amoung us.. and VOTE!'s clear life has no value.. barbaric is not even the word!

  • Faansie - 2011-07-22 06:59

    I have my serious doubts about weather this guy is a human being or not

      Vernon - 2011-07-22 07:46

      Is he from this FN galaxy?

  • Newsferret - 2011-07-22 07:07

    And those people have the right to vote. Barbarians.

      leerobbertse - 2011-07-22 07:41

      Yeah, they live among us, they in school with our children, in our hospital, old age homes, police force, and government too.

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-07-22 07:19


  • Cool Sunk - 2011-07-22 07:26

    "He told the court that he and Mangwale were given cooldrink which contained something that made him feel dizzy, out of control and hear voices in his head" did it occur to you it might me the dagga you smoked... Hope when your judgement day arrives you and your "friends" are punished infinitely... SAVAGES!!!

  • Vivium - 2011-07-22 07:28

    News24 is actually sad. Reading the comments one notice that people aren't disgusted in the deed that was done but more so on the fact the people who committed them can vote.... Why does everything on this site have to be politicised?

      Jezabbela - 2011-07-22 07:44

      Thank you Vivium, I ask this everyday!!!

  • Dirge - 2011-07-22 07:30

    Another example of indigenous african culture in action. And these "things" are seen as equal to a real doctor in SA ? Boggles the mind it does.

      edd - 2011-07-22 12:08

      any culture/religion boggles the mind. how many has been killed in the name of christianity the last 2000 years......

  • biskit - 2011-07-22 07:30

    If that is human....than i'm something else!

  • LiraShea - 2011-07-22 07:30

    "Other accused might still be charged if new evidence emerged, but it was possible that they might never be brought to justice." Dis om van siek te word.

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-07-22 07:31

    POKHARA, Jan 13: Gorkha soldiers have long been known the world over for their valor and these khukuri-wielding warriors winning the British many a battle have become folklore. A retired Indian Gorkha soldier recently revisited those glory days when he thwarted 40 robbers, killing three of them and injuring eight others, with his khukuri during a train journey. He is in line to receive three gallantry awards from the Indian government. “He will be provided a special honor for doing Nepal proud at international stage,” Finance Minister Surendra Raj Pandey said after the cabinet meeting on Thursday. “They started snatching jewelry, cell phones, cash, laptops and other belongings from the passengers,” Shrestha recalled. The soldier had somehow remained a silent spectator amidst the melee, but not for long. He had had enough when the robbers stripped an 18-year-old girl sitting next to him and tried to rape her right in front of her parents. He then took out his khukuri and took on the robbers. I prevented her from being raped, thinking of her as my own sister,” he added. He took one of the robbers under control and then started to attack the others. He said the rest of the robbers fled after he killed three of them with his khukuri and injured eight others. During the scuffle he received serious blade injury to his left hand .They had carried out their robbery with swords,blades and pistols.The pistols may have been fake as they didn´t open fire

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-22 07:46

      the world needs more people like this

  • Jou Ma - 2011-07-22 07:32

    Not human, not animal. A species that was put on this earth to be hunted for pleasure.

  • Vince.York - 2011-07-22 07:34

    The "CORE" hallmark of UBUNTU in our dreams of Uhuru? NOT......

  • Ian - 2011-07-22 07:36

    and once again not a peep from the fat muppet, youth leader se gat man

  • Jezabbela - 2011-07-22 07:37

    When she was cut open I looked so I could see what it is inside a woman's body. Can a 10 year old even be classified as a woman! SICK SICK SICK BASTARDS THAT DESERVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO BE HANGED!!!

  • kingkong - 2011-07-22 07:43


  • coconuts - 2011-07-22 07:45

    Absolutely sick in the head these "people" and yes why are the ANC not speaking out about this unacceptable practice - too scared or they lose votes?

  • KomboKitten - 2011-07-22 07:47

    you learn what i inside the human body in SCHOOL you dumb ^%$#%&$%

  • Sue-Ellen Futcher - 2011-07-22 07:49

    people like this should get the death penelty

  • Alfred - 2011-07-22 08:06

    Funny how to the rabid racists above, dropping napalm on Vietnamese villages literally burning the inhabitants, including children, alive is somehow civilized, spraying agent orange on millions of acres of jungle, resulting in hundreds of thousands of severely deformed children being born, is civilized, incarcerating millions in concentration camps then exterminating at least nine million and using their skins to make lampshades is civilized, doing medical experiments including operating on live people without anesthetics is civilized, dropping phosphors bombs on schools in Gaza is civilized, dropping atom bombs on cities killing hundreds of thousands of civilians is civilized, manufacturing mines and other killing and mutilating machines and selling them to third world dictators, for profit, where they are used to kill civilians, including children, is somehow civilized. So how is it that only atrocities committed by people of other races are seen as barbaric.

      Kevin King - 2011-07-22 08:18

      @ Alfred: Yes the things you listed are savage but I don't see them happening here. We have our own problems.

      Monnie - 2011-07-22 09:10

      @Alfred - all those things you mentioned are barbaric!! Most people will agree with you that it is sick. But please understand, that most of the things that you mentioned happened a few years ago and only happened once. This is happening now and way to often to condone. No child of any race or any adult of any race deserves to die in this matter, for no reason. You can not be called human is you do any of this to a child or any other person. The people above aren't responding as racists, they are outraged that this happened to a child that was african. A child that wasn't at war with another country. It doesn't matter who did it, it matters that it happened and is still happening to children of all races, but even more to african children. Once again, no child deserves to die like this, no matter who you are.

      TamaraSays - 2011-07-22 12:33

      Not one of the things you mentions in any way diminishes the evil of THIS story. I think you will find that there have been global outcries about all of those things. How can you even TRY to justify the murder and mutilation of a child?

      TamaraSays - 2011-07-22 12:33

      Not one of the things you mentions in any way diminishes the evil of THIS story. I think you will find that there have been global outcries about all of those things. How can you even TRY to justify the murder and mutilation of a child?

  • horsehair - 2011-07-22 08:28

    One headline "SA 'civilised' enough for Shrien Dewani" And then this... ya right

  • USAMAH - 2011-07-22 08:50

    For the sake of ALL our kids safety, it's time to implement SHARIAH LAW ONLY ON CRIMINALS. PLEASE!!

  • Candy - 2011-07-22 08:52

    Utterly disgusting!!!! They should castrate that man and inflict as much pain on him as possible so he can feel even an ounce of the pain that poor little girl felt. While I respect african culture surely the government should see that there is a serious problem with some of the ruthless things they do, while I know they probably wont be able to stop it im sure they can atleast try instead of encouraging it. Pathetic, sad excuses for a "human being"

  • DIAMOND - 2011-07-22 08:53

    ..In "general", how does a Judge sit thru all this and still postpone and postpone and criminals get to change lawyers, postponed again, plead insanity, blame it on apartheid,documents get lost,postponed again,and finally get either thrown out of court, suspended sentence, small fine or a few measly years in Jail, if all this boils down to "HUMAN" rights, then what about the right of the innocent,the law abiding citizens, the HUMANS. rest in peace little one..

  • CvdH - 2011-07-22 09:03

    Interesting how absent in their comments a certain sector of the news24 society is on this type of news! When it involves any other aspect such as "Mal-Enema" etc they defend their "culture" ferociously. Sickening!

  • MaverickCPT - 2011-07-22 09:27

    So sad.... It's such a pity that this country will never see the death penalty brought back...things like this and other serious crimes would def decrease over time...

  • Nedkelly - 2011-07-22 09:29

    @Tantrum - you are a two watt! Dogs absolutely do show remorse - when will you friggin human idiots realise that these heinous deeds are not perpetrated by animals which are loving and innocent creatures - these creatures who kill and maim in the name of their so called 'culture' are definitely not dogs or animals - they are HUMANS. Wake the phuk up!

  • PoncyMalema - 2011-07-22 09:52

    Read this

  • Looter - 2011-07-22 11:08

    this has nothing to do with culture or color, hes crazy, as simple as that!

  • VELOCITY - 2011-07-22 11:53

    Oh dear God,I am repulsed by the horror of it all! The creatures that did this thing might walk upright and communicate by using the spoken word, but there is no way on God's Earth that they can be Human.

  • Buchos - 2011-07-22 11:54

    This is the price we pay for 'No Education'. ...

  • York Hunt - 2011-07-22 11:56

    WITCHCRAFT / MUTI Will always be a BIG part of "African" culture...

  • edd - 2011-07-22 11:59

    It is time that the modern man takes action against culture and religion. How much more must be killed in the name of ancient believes?? Just the other day a woman that killed both her children, was found not guilty, because god(what a monster btw) told her to kill her kids. They could not "proof" that god talked to her and if they did prosecute her, who are you to go against god' will....SICKENING!

  • ANCockup - 2011-07-22 12:08

    This is why we should be allowed to use the k word. To describe this vermin.