Durban – THe convicted child rapist and murderer, who sentenced to life in jail last week, is a “monster who deserves to rot in prison”.
Those were the words of Lungisani Ngema, the uncle of a 5-year-old girl Mthethwa raped and murdered.
Lindokuhle Mthethwa, 22, of Etete in KwaDukuza, was handed two life terms for rape and murder, five years for housebreaking and another five years for kidnapping. He was convicted two weeks ago by Judge Johan Ploos van Amstel. His sentences will run concurrently.
He was convicted for the rape and murder of his neighbour, 5-year-old Velile Mngomezulu, who was asleep with her twin sister, Nomvelo, when Mthethwa kidnapped her. Both girls were visiting their father’s family during school holidays last year.
Ngema, 24, said he was pleased with the sentence because Mthethwa had not been remorseful.
The court heard that Mthethwa had been partying that night. He used a knife to break the latch of the door to get into the house where the girls were sleeping.
Ngema was among those who went in search of the Velile when her mother discovered she was missing.
He told of how he was horrified after the community alerted him and a paramedic to her body after they searched for hours on a cold July morning.
He said the little girl was stripped naked. Her clothes were used to tie her hands and legs. She had been tossed into a dark thicket near a stream. Ngema tried hard to contain his tears as he recalled the story of her discovery.
Velile died in hospital.
The KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bhekinkosi Langa, commended the good work done by Umhlali detectives who investigated the case.
“The members presented enough evidence to the court, which led to a harsh sentence for the accused.
“I also thanked the community members for their role in making sure that the accused was brought to court immediately after he committed the crimes,” Langa said