A father's anguish over dead daughter
THE father of a university student who was allegedly strangled by her boyfriend said the death of his daughter was a painful reminder of the murders of two of his siblings more than a decade ago and how justice was never served.
Phaladi Molewa, of Mafikeng in North West, will not be in court at the Pretoria correctional services centre today when the suspect applies for bail.
Sithokozile Mkhize, 25, has been charged with Sarah Molewa's murder last month.
He will make a second appearance today after he broke down in court last week .
Magistrate Christopher Chokoe postponed the bail hearing "chiefly to give you (Mkhize) time to calm down".
Molewa said he would rather wait for the trial to begin before going to court.
"I hope that this time justice will be served because I lost a brother and sister and no one was ever punished for that," Molewa said.
He said his brother Thabo disappeared in 1995 and his decomposed body was found in a mortuary in Ekurhuleni.
"He had been missing for days and was eventually found in the mortuary. We were told he had been shot," Molewa said.
A year later another tragedy stuck the family when Molewa's sister Makhosazana, an insurance consultant, was found murdered in her vehicle.
"She had been travelling from Wallmansthal to Pretoria. Her car was riddled with bullets, but she had only been hit by one bullet to the head.
"Someone was arrested but was later released," Molewa said.
To make matters worse, a close family friend, Castro Zabone, was also murdered.
"It is like there is a dark cloud hovering over our family," he said.
Molewa said he was still recovering from an operation he recently underwent to his head.
"On the day I was discharged I received a call from the police service informing me about my daughter's death.
"I have not been able to recuperate properly," Molewa said.
- selebim@ sowetan.co.za