Broodwyk said the keys to the house were found inside the house and doctors showed that external pressure had been applied to the mouth and neck of the child which would cause asphyxiation, meaning that the child would have died within three minutes, according to the pathology evidence presented to the court.
“We are dealing with strangulation here and even the most dumb individual would know that you planned the murder carefully. The deceased was a defenceless child who suffered pain and death at the hands of his caregiver,” he said.
Speaking from the stand before sentencing, Langelihle’s mother, Lerato Mnguni, said the incident had caused her a lot a lot of pain.
“She [Tsabane] knew that Langelihle was the only child that I had. I have no siblings. My family and the Mnguni family gave me strength to get to where I am today.”
She said Tsabane had told her lies from day one.
“She lied to us and said she had children but her sister called us and told us that Tsabane had no children and that her one child had died a long time ago,” she said.
“I have accepted that my child is gone but I just want to know why she killed him. I just pray that God will give her the strength to one day call me and tell me the truth.”
State prosecutor Adv Salame Scheepels said Tsabane had showed no remorse.
“She wanted to shift the blame to neighbours and family friends. She also showed no regret until after she was found guilty,” Scheepels said.