E Cape community wants justice for the teen whose dad allegedly 'beat her to death for having a boyfriend'

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A father has been arrested for allegedly murdering his daughter  for having a boyfriend.
A father has been arrested for allegedly murdering his daughter for having a boyfriend.

He allegedly beat her with stick until she lay motionless on the ground. And the reason for this cruel punishment? She had started dating.

This is what the state alleges in the murder case against Mzingisi Mzamo, a father who's reported to have taken his own daughter's life, furious that the teenage girl had a boyfriend.

The-43-year-old man recently appeared in the Tsomo Magistrates Court on a murder charge after the brutal attack earlier this month.

'This is no way to discipline a child'

Mzingisi is said to have beat the 16-year-old daughter to death when he found out that she had a boyfriend in Matolweni Location. But Petros Majola of the Khula CDP EC Children's Rights Organisation says this is beyond shocking and pleads with parents to find better ways to discipline their children. 

"As a parent you must have a way to speak with your child," he told Drum in an interview.

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"We cannot have a dead child at the hands of their father who beat them." 

Zama Mabangula, a community member, says they did not know the child very well because she recently moved into the area, but the girl was unproblematic, he says.

“In the community we knew her as Sethu. She was a child like all the other children.” According to Zama, the community is still reeling in shock.

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“We have never seen anything like this before. I mean I was a young boy once and we were naughty. When we did something wrong, we would get beatings, but no one killed us."

Mzingisi allegedly used "intonga (a stick)" to hit her. "There are different types of sticks, there is a walking stick and a fighting stick that we use to protect our families," Zama explained.

NPA Eastern Cape regional spokesperson Luxolo Tyali says “his matter will be back in court on 28 September for a formal bail application”.

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