Man guilty of butchering Masego for muti

IOL news oct 4 SA PN Masego Kgomo0499 PRETORIA NEWS Masegos mother, Kate Kgomo, and an unidentified family member outside the Pretoria High Court on Monday. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi

There was high drama on Monday as one of Masego Kgomo’s muti murderers was convicted in the Pretoria High Court, with community members jeering the killer, and the little girl’s sobbing mother collapsing outside court.

A well-dressed Brian Mangwale stood with his head bowed as Judge Billy Mothle found him guilty of kidnapping the little girl before killing her so that her body parts could be sold for money.

The judge said Mangwale did not act alone, but with the aid of other people, killed the 10-year-old girl on the afternoon of December 31, 2009.

“Evidence suggested that Masego was still alive when her body parts were removed,” the judge said.

The court could not find that she was raped by Mangwale, but it did not exclude the possibility that she was raped by the other culprits involved in this “horrific killing but not brought before court”, he said.

Earlier during the trial the judge also questioned why Mangwale was the only accused before court, as it was clear that others were involved in killing her so they could sell her body parts for muti. The state at the time indicated that following this verdict, more arrests could follow.

After Mangwale’s conviction, Masego’s father, Joseph Kgomo, said he hoped more people would be brought to book. “I am relieved that at least one has now been convicted. Praise the Lord.”

The child’s mother, Kate Kgomo, was extremely emotional and tears streamed down her face. She was about to speak to the media when she collapsed outside court. She was assisted by the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana.

The minister, in thanking the prosecution and the judge, said it was a difficult time for Masego’s parents, especially as they had to listen to the evidence of how their child was brutally murdered. Xingwana said she hoped the other people involved in the killing would soon be brought to book.

Judge Mothle meanwhile labelled Mangwale a liar who tailored his evidence according to what his witnesses told the court.

Mangwale made confessions to the police and before magistrates – each one different – but in each statement he explained how he had kidnapped Masego after she went to buy him a cold drink.

In a statement before a magistrate, which was accepted by the court, Mangwale said he, with the help of others, ripped her body open while she was still alive, before tearing out her body parts, including her uterus.

He said he wrapped her organs in a plastic bag, which he hid in the bushes, while he helped her parents the community and the police in their week-long search for her. The organs were later sold to a sangoma.

A teenager who earlier took the stand behind closed doors, testified that he witnessed Masego being gang raped that night, but the judge could not make a finding as his evidence was lacking in many ways.

A post mortem report could also not make a finding on this, as her body was badly decomposed and she had hardly any organs left.

Mangwale claimed he was set up by the police, who assaulted him and took him to the spot where the child’s body was found, eight days after she disappeared.

But the police told the court that Mangwale, while claiming to take them to a place in Soshanguve where they would find the child, suddenly in the back of the car made noises as if he was possessed by spirits.

He then took them to a place near the railway station, where he pointed out a spot under thick bushes. When a policeman lifted a cover, he saw the skull of a child. Her body was naked from the waist down.

The version the court accepted, was that Magwale lured the child that afternoon after she bought him a cold drink and he handed her over to one of his co-conspirators.

He went home and helped in the search for her. When the search was called off that night, he sneaked out and joined his mates, who still had the child. They took her to bushes near the station where her organs were ripped out and she died.

Sentencing is expected on Tuesday. - Pretoria News


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Anonymous, wrote

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03:15pm on 4 October 2011
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Menseregte is vir regte mense

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MP, wrote

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02:04pm on 4 October 2011
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I did'nt know tha we have so many judges in this country.Who are you to say what kind of sentence this guy deserves? What ever sentence he gets is what God made.

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boboo, wrote

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01:12pm on 4 October 2011
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i can't imagine how the parents are feeling , may her soul rest in peace, every dog has it's day.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:10pm on 4 October 2011
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The police should find the songama and also charge himher for this murder.

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James, wrote

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01:08pm on 4 October 2011
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The crime that this beast has committed - no court can give a just sentence - this man should be handed over to the family of the little child - they Must hire a. Butcher to remove his organs while alive . How is it that they have not found the songoma - same treatment should be metered out to this lowlifes pieces of scum

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meagain, wrote

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01:07pm on 4 October 2011
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PLEASE DO NOT KEEP SAYING THESE ANIMALS, AS ANIMALS DO NOT DO NOT COMMIT SUCH EVIL DEEDS, THEY ARE BORN INNOCENT AND DIE INNOCENT! SO PLEASE WILL SOME PEOPLE JUST STOP COMPARING THESE EVIL THUGS WITH ANIMALS!!!

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spoko, wrote

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01:01pm on 4 October 2011
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He deserve to die horribly himself- Death penalty must really comeback ,it all depends to us South African all

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death penalty, wrote

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12:32pm on 4 October 2011
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its unreal that SA hasn’t got a death penalty! with crime the way it is you'd think there needs to be a deterrent

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9mmP, wrote

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12:05pm on 4 October 2011
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And this will continue as long as there is no death penalty or respect for the law. Put them down like the animals they are.

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Tam Fu Wing, wrote

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11:44am on 4 October 2011
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This evil piece of human garbage should have been executed.

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Garson, wrote

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11:10am on 4 October 2011
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Our children are being brutality rape and killed and what these demonic people who commit these brutal murders dont realize is that they are killing our future leaders in this country. These people dont even have any mercy in them for they serve their father satan ,the father of lies and deceit.

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:01am on 4 October 2011
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these are animals, they deserve to die as well

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:40am on 4 October 2011
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As far as I am concerned there is no punishment that could ever possibly fit this crime other than the death penalty! Why even bother keeping this piece of trash alive in our prison cells? What is his contribution to society, other than bringing pain and suffering...

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:19am on 4 October 2011
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The goernment is failing us.What kind of society is this.I am totally against death penalty but with reservations.The abolition of death penalty has created a number of weaknesses in our justice system.There is a lot of murderers continuing with their henious crimes knowing axactly that they will only serve jail senteces meanwhile they are taking away innocent peoples lives.We need to revisit our justice laws in regards to crimes of this nature.I don't think these people deserve another chance in life.

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Rita, wrote

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09:55am on 4 October 2011
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This is cruel. all the witches and their members should rot in hell eternally

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SNG, wrote

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09:50am on 4 October 2011
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Let's see the sentence - nothing but life without the possibility of parole coule be acceptable. Hopefully his fellow inmates will "sort him out" too.

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Anonymous, wrote

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09:42am on 4 October 2011
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Absolutely disgusting. Bring back the death penalty and the law should pursue the sick sangoma too.

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marikzo, wrote

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09:32am on 4 October 2011
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SAPS must arrest all those who were involve during Masego's killing. They deserve death penalty.Community please help to catch the killers.

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Linda, wrote

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09:27am on 4 October 2011
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Why didn't they find the sngoma? Why leave the sangoma out of this? Look, this guy is gonna remain in jail but as long as the sangoma is still out there soon the will be another child brutally murdered for muti

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Mantati, wrote

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09:17am on 4 October 2011
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I pray every day for the safety of my children.May God give Masego's parents strength in this trying times

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