Judge Ngoepe's daughter dies
HEART-BREAKING: Diabetes claims life of Joan Kwena Matlala, 41 - mother of the late four-year-old Makgabo who was murdered
The eldest daughter of Gauteng Judge President Bernard Ngoepe has died, the office of the chief justice said on Wednesday.
Spokeswoman Lulama Lutihe said Joan Kwena Matlala, 41, died on Saturday after battling diabetic complications.
Matlala was the mother of the late four-year-old Makgabo Bernice Matlala, who was found murdered at her parents’ house in Lenasia in March 2006.
“It is the family’s view that Kwena, as she was affectionately known, never fully recovered, emotionally, from the tragic loss of her daughter,” Lutihe said.
After completing a BProc degree at the University of the North, Kwena trained as an attorney with Matlala Attorneys in Pretoria.
She then went on to work for the Road Accident Fund (RAF) where she remained until her death.
Luti said a memorial service would be held at the RAF offices in Johannesburg on Thursday, starting at 11am.
The funeral service would be held on Saturday, in Lenasia South.
Matlala is survived by her husband, two sons, her parents and two siblings.
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Ngoepe grandkid’s killer gets life again
A young man sentenced to life in September last year for the murder of a judge’s granddaughter was jailed for another life term in December 2007.
Johannes Molefe killed Makgabo Matlala, and raped the family’s domestic worker in March 2006. For this, he was given two life sentences for the crimes. His two co-accused, Lucky Ndlovu and Steve Tsietsi Mhlanga, were sentenced to life and 20 years each.
Then, in 2007, the Johannesburg high court jailed Molefe (23 at the time of this sentencing) to life for rape, 20 years for murder, 12 years for attempted murder and another 20 years for being an accomplice to crime.
This after he raped a Lenasia woman and murdered her friend, in March last year.
Molefe’s co-accused for this crime, Kleinkie Pooe, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murder. He was acquitted on the rape charge as DNA evidence did not link him to the rape.
The attack on the two women came just two days after he murdered little Makgabo.