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'Mourning' dad arrested for death of son (12) found in bin

By Katlego Moeng Crime Reporter | Dec 12, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 32 ]

A SOWETO father has been arrested for allegedly snapping his 12-year-old son's neck and breaking his legs before stuffing him into a spare rubbish bin in the family's garage.

Mthokozisi Mdanda went missing on Sunday last week at about 3.30pm. His father said he had spoken to him just after 3pm when he drove past in his taxi.

Themba Sibeko, 47, told Sowetan on Monday that he discovered his son's decomposing body on Saturday night after watching the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates.

He claimed to have found him in a rubbish bin used to store old clothes, located in the far corner of his garage.

Sibeko said he had gone to the garage to look for curtains he had washed.

"I went into the garage and was struck by the odd smell. I started calling out Mthoko, Mthoko ... I lifted a mattress and looked behind some things before lifting the rubbish bin lid. Oh, seeing my son like that ... he was my boy," Sibeko had earlier said.

But Soweto police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele said sniffer dogs and forensic experts linked the father to the possible murder.

"We have changed the inquest docket to murder. The suspect we arrested is the father (of the child).

"Yesterday we reconstructed the scene where the body was found and forensic experts and sniffer digs were called in.

"Traces of blood were found in the yard, next to the bin (in which the boy was stuffed) and on the father's clothing ..."

Sibeko is expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto tomorrow.

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Life is so cruel at times, what got into this man? was he bewitched? or the Girl friend told him to get rit of his son, or the Sangoma? we need expect to check his state of mind, what was he thinking or he tried to wrestle with his son and he died? I will blame E TV for that, they alsways show Cina and Randy wrestling, maybe the Boy and the Father did that as they use to and accidentally the boy got injured in a bad way, the Father must just come out and tell the truth for his sake, so that he can heal and his son rest in peace.

Dec 12, 2012 9:3 | 0 replies

I did say ukuthi kukhona okushaya amanzi and that kunuka santingwane la.
The same day I read the article, I suspected the father.

Dec 12, 2012 10:33 | 0 replies

How do we get to do this kind of stuff? We have become the animals that we so much avoid.

Dec 12, 2012 10:54 | 0 replies

I cannot believe this. South Africa is a sick sick country.

Dec 12, 2012 11:9 | 0 replies

Voetzek
Exactly answer me now is the story started from Limpopo or EC or KZN because it herbanated to Soweto, Mr erditor really now
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This is soweto story Emisebeni primary school is at mofolo village soweto.

Dec 12, 2012 11:41 | 0 replies

This mageza thought he'd fool us all. Lock him away and throw away the keys for him not to see the light of the day again in his sorry life. He is a danger to society and should not be let out.

Dec 12, 2012 11:43 | 0 replies

I knew yesterday when I read the story that there was something fishy the father knew about the murder of this innocent lad..

May his soul rest in peace!!!!!!!

Dec 12, 2012 12:11 | 0 replies

This world is not my place, m just passing oooo

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Dec 12, 2012 12:11 | 0 replies

stupid dad

Dec 12, 2012 1:9 | 0 replies

Rest In Peace boy, we will deal with your father accordingly that's a promise ntwana.

Dec 12, 2012 1:13 | 0 replies

""I went into the garage and was struck by the odd smell. I started calling out Mthoko, Mthoko ... I lifted a mattress and looked behind some things before lifting the rubbish bin lid. Oh, seeing my son like that ... he was my boy," Sibeko had earlier said."

Why call the name, who said it was the smell of your boy, i suspected from the word go.

Dec 12, 2012 1:44 | 0 replies