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By unknown | Jan 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The father of a woman accused of taking part in her boyfriend's rape and murder of an eight year-old girl has said he hopes she is kept behind bars for a long time.

His daughter, Maleshoane Monokoa, on Friday abandoned her attempt to get bail in the Vereeniging magistrate's court after failing to provide details of a permanent residential address.

She was arrested seven days after her lover, Jeremiah Nhlapo, 34, was taken into custody for the rape and murder of the girl in Orange Farm.

Keneilwe Mofokeng, eight, was raped and strangled on December 10 and her body dumped in a veld near her home. She was discovered the following day.

Monokoa is alleged to have pinned down the little girl and placed her hand over her mouth to prevent her screaming as Nhlapo raped her.

It is alleged that they strangled the girl trying to stop her from screaming and then dumped the body.

The two appeared before magistrate Bruno van Eeden in a packed Vereeniging court on Friday.

Ntai Monokoa, 54, had travelled all the way from Lesotho to see his 28-year-old daughter appear in court.

He told reporters he was disappointed in his daughter's alleged actions.

"She has left eight children back home in Lesotho.

"She has four sets of twins by different men and she has abandoned them. She is a bad mother," he said.

Cosatu president Willie Madisha addressed people who had attended the court to rally behind Keneilwe's family.

Angry residents of Orange Farm who packed the D courtroom and later demonstrated outside the court threatened to take the law into their own hands should the two be released on bail.

Community leader Alf Dlamini, 50, said: "As the community we are very angry with the couple and if the court releases them there would be chaos."

Chairman of the South African National Civic Organisation in Orange Farm, Rebecca Monau, said they did not have trust in the law.


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