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By unknown | Jan 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

"I had a quiet, fearless and peaceful night for the first time in months."

These were the words of the relieved mother of the six-year-old Soweto girl who was kidnapped and repeatedly raped last August.

Speaking to Sowetan a day after her child's abuser, Paul Mokgomane Mofokeng, allegedly committed suicide in his cell at Johannesburg Prison on Wednesday, the mother said the family had dreamt about peace of mind for the last five months.

Mofokeng, 26, allegedly used his shoelaces to hang himself.

"When I told my child that Paul was dead, she asked: 'What happened?' When I told her, she just looked at me," said the mother.

She said that she could tell by looking at her child's face that, like herself, her little girl was happy.

The mother, her six-year-old daughter and her two sisters, aged 1 and 14, have lived in fear since the incident happened.

The 14-year-old girl was sent to relatives in Mpumalanga.

On August 19, a man the child did not know abducted her while she was playing with her friends outside her home.

For two days, Mofokeng repeatedly raped the child in his shack.

Then he left her outside her house at about 3am, scared and bleeding.


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