The parents of an 8-year-old girl have been accused of murder after beating her to death apparently for eating a piece of biltong reserved for her father.
35-year-old Mokganedi Pontsho and his live-in girlfriend Kgomotso Mondela, 34, from Tonota were said to have been agitated by the girl’s action.
It is believed that an annoyed Pontsho tied the girl’s legs with a rope. He is said to have then hung her facing downwards from the rafters of the thatched mud hut the family used a bedroom.
Sources close to the scene have described how the father apparently started beating his daughter Tumelo using a knobkerrie in the presence of the girl’s mother. He is said to have only stopped the vicious attack when she started bleeding through her nose.
But by then she was dead.
Pontsho cut down and untied her and burnt her lifeless body before burying her in a shallow grave in a bid to conceal the evidence sources have revealed.
The couple appeared in court before Francistown Chief Magistrate Peggy Madandume on Tuesday facing a single count of murder. They were not asked to plead to the charge since the magistrates’ court does not have the jurisdiction to try murder cases.
Mondela appeared in the dock holding her two-month-old toddler. She will remain in custody along with her baby and the child’s father whilst investigations into the matter continue.
The case is due to resume on 4 January when it is expected to be referred to the High Court.