Couple admit to killing their newborn baby, burying him in their shack

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A West Rand couple accused of killing their one-day-old baby on Thursday admitted they were aware that the child would die when they put him in a plastic bag and placed him in a microwave for hours. 

Michael Pule Mathibe, 26, and Nkhala Ntshane, 31, stand accused of murder in the South Gauteng high court in Johannesburg. They allegedly killed their son a year ago.  The two have pleaded guilty to the crime. 

According to the indictment, Ntshane gave birth to a baby boy at home on the night of December 3 last year. She bathed and breastfed the baby before the couple went to bed with the child who was alive at the time.

The next day, the couple went to a traditional healer who had initially given them muthi to abort the baby to report that the muthi did not work as the baby was born alive.

The two later decided to suffocate the child by putting him in a plastic bag and leaving him in a closed microwave for several hours. When the two checked on the baby hours later, they found that he had died.

They then dug up a shallow grave inside Ntshane' shack and  buried the child. The two continued to live in the shack  for seven months until July 2018 when Mathibe told his brother about the incident. Mathibe's family then called the police.

On arrival at the shack, police found that the  "grave" had a red rose placed on top of it. The police dug up the grave and found the baby's decomposed body. The cause of death was inconclusive due to the advanced state of decomposition.

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