Mom wants justice after child's death
Priest in court for murder
TWO years after the death of her then nine-year-old daughter, allegedly murdered by a pastor, the mother still has difficulty putting the incident behind her.
The body of Noluthando Sikweyiya's little girl Yonelwa was found dumped in a veld in Brackendowns three days after she had gone missing.
Yonelwa, of Mandela Park informal settlement near Katlehong in Ekurhuleni, was allegedly killed by pastor Monde Tokwe, his wife Nolufefe, Fundisile Sidumo and Vusi Mofokeng.
Even more astonishing is that Tokwe had an affair with the child's mother.
The four accused appeared briefly yesterday in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court. The case was adjourned until tomorrow.
Yonelwa's body was found with several body parts missing, including her vagina. It has been alleged that Yonelwa was used as a sacrificial lamb by Tokwe when he realised that numbers at his Eden Church were dwindling.
Tokwe, together with his wife and Sidumo, then met Mofokeng, and the plan to kill Yonelwa for her body parts was allegedly hatched.
Sikweyiya, who is now six months pregnant, yesterday said not a single day went by without her thinking about her daughter.
"I've got two other children, a boy and girl, but I am always thinking about her. Even though she was the youngest, she had a very sharp mind. For someone her age, she was very smart and I knew that she would make something of herself," Noluthando said.
Asked what she missed the most about her daughter, she said: "Her presence. She was a very energetic child. People around this area were also hurt by her death because she was very respectful. I had taught her to respect the elders, and that meant greeting everybody she met."
Having lost a child in the most gruesome of circumstances, Sikweyiya said she hoped that nothing bad happens to her two remaining children, as well as the one she is expecting.
"I have suffered a lot and I just pray that God looks after my children. If anything happens to any one of them ... I pray that nothing happens to any of them. What would I have done to be punished like that? After my daughter passed away, I had difficulty sleeping at night. I also used to dream a lot about her, even though she was not really saying anything in my dreams.
"I then went for counselling and I became much better. It is not easy losing a child, but I am gettingbetter now.
"All that I want is justice for my daughter."