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By unknown | Mar 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zinhle Mapumulo

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The family of a 14-year-old Soweto pupil who was raped and killed in February last year will finally see justice done after waiting more than a year.

On Friday, Protea magistrate's court magistrate Herman Badenhorst transferred the case to the Johannesburg high court.

This was after DNA tests results that had delayed the case were made available.

Thato Hadebe's body was found in an open veld near the Emndeni Library in Soweto. Liquor bottles, two used condoms and blood-splattered stones were found at the scene.

Hadebe's mother was not available for comment at the weekend. However, last month she said she had lost hope in the criminal justice system as it was taking too long to finalise her daughter's case.

The trial in which Stanley Masemola, 20, Mandla Mtshali, 20, Themba Mndaweni, 18, and Thabiso Ganta, 21, will face rape and murder charges has been set for October 6 to 24.

Meanwhile, charges against a 29-year-old man believed to be Hadebe's boyfriend were withdrawn because there was not sufficient evidence against him.

The man had been charged with defeating the ends of justice.

It is alleged he saw Hadebe's body in the veld but failed to inform the police or her family.


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