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By unknown | Oct 04, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

"I am devastated, but relieved that I have found her," the mother of a teenager killed at the Soweto Beach Party said yesterday after being told a body lying in a mortuary was that of her daughter.

Five days of her desperate search for a daughter who left home saying she was visiting a friend, ended in tears at the Diepkloof mortuary yesterday where her girl's body had been lying since Sunday.

The 19-year-old girl, Nomsa Ngobeni, was found with her throat slit at Power Park. Police said she had been raped.

"God says he will take what he has given us. I believe in him and maybe this is part of his bigger plan," Nomsa's mother, Nthabiseng Ngobeni, said yesterday.

The girl from Dobsonville Extension Three was identified by her uncle at the Diepkloof government mortuary.

Mrs Ngobeni sells sweets and snacks outside her house to make a living.

"She used to help me sell sweets and now that she is gone I don't know what to do," Ngobeni said.

Nomsa, a Grade 12 pupil at Lamula Jubilee Secondary School in Meadowlands, left home on Saturday claiming she was going to visit a friend in Naledi.

Instead she met her other friends and went to the now infamous Soweto Beach Party at Power Park, Orlando East.

The mother said Nomsa never made it back home but was found with three stab wounds and a gaping hole in her neck.

She added that her death was shrouded in mystery.

Police investigations have so far not proved fruitful and her bag, identity document and pair of jeans were found with one of her friends.

Ngobeni, who was at a church gathering in Mafikeng, North West, when her daughter disappeared, said: "I don't understand why they did not tell us they had Nomsa's things. They will now have to explain to the police."

The grief-stricken Ngobeni said that her daughter never misbehaved.

"If she wanted to go out with friends she asked me and I would let her go. But this time she did not say anything. Now look what has happened."

On Monday Nomsa received application forms from the University of Johannesburg and Rosebank College where she planned to study next year.

The mother and her surviving five children said they were not sure how they were going to bury their daughter because they have no money.

"I just have to believe in the power of God that somehow I will be able to bury my little girl."


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