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'I saw them cut her'

By Sapa | 2011-07-22 06:31:37.0

A WITNESS watched as schoolgirl Masego Kgomo was mutilated, the Pretoria high court heard yesterday.

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

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

He testified on Wednesday 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. 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. 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."

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.

Mangwale told them he was paid R4500 for the job.

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

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