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Why did you kill my only son - KES mom

By unknown | Oct 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

For the first time yesterday Nonhlanhla Ntshangase came face-to-face with the alleged murderers of her only son and she could not stop the tears.

Six of the seven youths appeared in the Randburg magistrates' court in connection with the murder of Mfundo Ntshangase, who was stabbed to death at a party on September 16.

The boys, aged between 16 and 18, appeared in camera for the alleged murder of the Grade 11 pupil at King Edward VII School for boys in Houghton, Johannesburg.

The seventh boy is in custody after he was denied bail two weeks ago.

The case was postponed to October 25, the same day the six suspects will appear with the seventh boy for the first time.

"The reason for the postponement is to join the two cases and to allow for further investigation," said defence lawyer Moleko Ratau.

The 17-year-old teenager from Meadowlands, Soweto, died at Olivedale Hospital after he was stabbed twice in the chest and once in the back at a birthday party in Randburg after a school social event.

Before the case started, the grief-stricken mother of Mfundo cried uncontrollably and said to the accused boys: "You killed my only son. Why did you kill my only son?"

The drama continued inside the courtroom when the court orderly asked everyone to leave except for the parents and guardians of the suspects.

This was before the court resumed after a short adjournment.

However, Ntshangase's mother refused to leave and asked the orderly: "Is what you are doing procedural?"

Magistrate Tefo Mnyambo said the boys were minors and the case would be held behind closed doors.

Family spokesman Dineo Mogotlane told reporters the family was still devastated by the loss.

"Nonhlanhla came to see the accused herself for the first time," she said. "We hope our loving God will help us."

One of the suspect's parents told Sowetan outside court that they were willing to meet the Ntshangase family.

"We do not condone what happened. We wish to meet Mfundo's family and talk as parents," he said.


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