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Muti killer gets life

By Penwell Dlamini and Sapa | Nov 29, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 125 ]

ALTHOUGH the family of the young Soshanguve girl who was brutally murdered welcomed the judgment and sentencing of her killer, they are worried that some of her body parts are still missing.

Brian Mangwale was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Pretoria High Court yesterday for murdering 10-year-old Masego Kgomo in December 2009.

Speaking to Sowetan after the judgment, family spokesman Meshack Nkabinde said they were satisfied with both the judgment and sentence.

"We are happy and we reiterate what we have said before - that he should rot in jail," he said.

"But our concern is that he was not alone in the crime. He must reveal those who were the conspirators so that we can get Masego's body parts," Nkabinde said.

Mangwale showed little emotion and smiled slightly after being sentenced.

People in the public gallery jeered as he was being led down the steps to the court cells.

Judge Billy Mothle sentenced Mangwale to life imprisonment for the December 2009 murder of the 10-year-old schoolgirl and another six years imprisonment for kidnapping her.

The judge said the manner in which she was killed was severely aggravating.

There was evidence the girl was still alive when her womb and breast were cut out. They were sold to a traditional healer for R4,800.

Mothle said Mangwale failed to show any remorse throughout the trial and, despite making a number of confessions about the murder, insisted that he was innocent.

He never told the court who his co-conspirators were and participated in looking for his victim when he knew where she was.

Because of Mangwale's actions her family would never have closure because there was no indication of what the other people did or where they were.

The judge said the extraction of body parts for use as muti to solve marital, financial or personal problems had never been proved effective.

Criminals who preyed on children had no place in society and must be removed for their own safety and the safety of others, Mothle said.

Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana welcomed the sentence.

"He belongs in jail and he must rot in jail.

"I agree with the judge that this muti and witchcraft is unscientific and unfounded," she said.

"Those out there who continue this barbaric witchcraft must know they will be met with the full force of the law . This is not traditional healing. This is murder."

Last week Xingwana planted a tree in memory of Masego as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Child Abuse campaign.

A memorial park is planned at the place where her body was found.

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What the hell has god got to do with this?

Really!

Where was this mythical 'god' when this child was crying out for mercy?

Nov 29, 2011 10:50 | 0 replies

MommaC
What the hell has god got to do with this?

Really!

Where was this mythical 'god' when this child was crying out for mercy?
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There is no one more hurt than God because of this tragedy. God has everything to do with is story because the parents were just custodians and God is the creator (therefore the owner) of this life that was ruthlessly taken.
He was in the same place He was when He watched His only beggotten son crucified on the cross in calvary; He was in the same place He was when He watched the apostle Paul being stoned and the mob that stoned him left him thinking that he was dead; He was in the same place He was when Steven was stoned to death for preaching; He was in the same place He was when Job's children were killed. He is still in the same place listening to your rantings against His Word, as though those who brings it to you were murderers and adulters. You know what even though you accuse him of being non existent, He loves you more than you could ever have the ability to love yourself, for you are the works of His hands.

Nov 29, 2011 11:33 | 0 replies

MommaC
What the hell has god got to do with this?

Really!

Where was this mythical 'god' when this child was crying out for mercy?
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Did God do this to this child or did someone who was given the ultimate gift of f ree will do this? This man chose to do this to this little girl. People are so quick to blame blame God when things go wrong but do they thank him for the gift of everyday, the birth of their child, the jobs they have, their sight, hearing, ability to walk and talk. No I have no doubt God was right next to that little girl holding her hand ready to welcome her into His kingdom. Dont confuse the acts of man as an act of God! if you were a Christian you would understand that God is incapable of evil, venegence and malice. All these are human traits. Had he stopped the man he wouldve denied him his f ree will and choice.

Nov 29, 2011 11:40 | 0 replies

OH MY WORD SOWETAN!!! WHERE IN THE WORLD EXCEPT ON YOU BLOG IS THE WORD F R E E CONSIDERED OFFENSIVE!!!!!

Nov 29, 2011 11:41 | 0 replies

MGEEZ

WELL SAID DUDE!!!

Nov 29, 2011 11:42 | 0 replies

@jacksprat
samsam

I am not bragging about having a beautiful culture numbnuts! You dont see whites raping children, throwing children in pit toilets and dustbins, raping their sisters and grandmothers. Or even going to sangomas! Why is it irrelevant? Your culture is very sick
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did you say our culture is very sick you are wrong?
Our culture doesnt do anything all these bad things are done people not my culture so dont you think it'is you who sick.

Nov 29, 2011 11:42 | 0 replies

@mgeez
@jacksprat
powerful!!!!

Nov 29, 2011 11:43 | 0 replies

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe

But whos culture believes in these sick practices? Whos culture listens to sangomas? And to which nation do the people who throw babies away and murder them for muti belong?

Nov 29, 2011 11:47 | 0 replies

@WWordofGod
@mgeez
@jacksprat
powerful!!!!
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Powerfull ya eng wena Wordy!

Nov 29, 2011 11:51 | 0 replies

@jacksprat
@WordofGod

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe

But whos culture believes in these sick practices? Whos culture listens to sangomas? And to which nation do the people who throw babies away and murder them for muti belong?
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You keep on saying who and people not the culture.If one of Jesus or whites member killed a man,must I say Jesus is a killer or whites are killers because of that particular person ?

Nov 29, 2011 11:59 | 0 replies

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe

Fact of the matter is its only the black nation that murder for muti, throw babies away, rape children to cure AIDS. Jesus never killed anyone! if they were isolated incidents i would agree with you but its not. Muti murders, child rapes and thrown away babies are in the news all the time.

Nov 29, 2011 12:5 | 0 replies