'Baby killer' a danger to community - NGO

2016-01-25 17:17


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Cape Town - The man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s baby is a danger to the community and belongs behind bars, a Gugulethu NGO said on Monday.

Nomaxaba Mqela, senior administrator and counsellor at Ilitha Labantu which deals with domestic violence, child abuse and women’s rights, attended proceedings where Zukile Nakupi appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court.

Nakupi, who was recently released from jail after being imprisoned for shoplifting, is accused of beating Inganathi Mnandi before flinging her body against the ceiling, walls, and a prepaid electricity meter.

This after he had an argument with the baby's mother in the early hours of Monday morning when she woke up to feed the infant.

He then allegedly jumped on little Inganathi's body, despite attempts from the infant’s 7-year-old sister to protect the baby.

Mqela described the incident as an extraordinary case.

"The way he killed the child and the fact that the 7-year-old tried to intervene [is bad]," she said.

The little girl is severely traumatised by the incident, Mqela continued.

"We saw her the day after and saw the trauma she was in. We then visited the family. Everyone in the house was traumatised."

The suspect showed no remorse, she said.

This after Mqela descended the court's stairs to the holding cells, turned to the public gallery and asked: "Are you finished?", as members of the public shook their heads at him in disgust.

"He doesn't belong in a community or between people. He has to be taken to jail. He doesn't deserve bail. He is a danger to our community."

Nakupi remains behind bars and the matter was postponed until March 2 for consultation with his legal aid lawyer and a bail application.

The infant will be buried on Thursday.

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