ACCUSED:  Mokganedi Pontsho and Kgomotso Mondela outside court

ACCUSED: Mokganedi Pontsho and Kgomotso Mondela outside court

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.


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  • mhata
    January 4, 2013, 3:13 pm

    metlholo ruri…..dilo tse dingwe o fitlhela o kare dilo tsa setswana hela waitse ija

  • phomphoko
    January 4, 2013, 4:44 pm

    ao banna waits some parents ke mathata how do u tht to a kid for eating segwapa ao ao ao metholo ele ruri

  • Lickson Sebotho
    January 6, 2013, 11:07 pm


  • Aubza
    January 8, 2013, 7:19 am

    this are the kinda people hu need no court go ya go seka—str8 kaletso ha e santse e le teng….to the young kid o jeleng nama ya bo saatane ba…dont worry—there is enuf meat for you to eat if u have access into heaven—rest well!!

  • geethmmo
    January 9, 2013, 3:02 pm

    this guys might be possessed or sumthing,i mine how can a strait parent beat a kid in such a way if bale normal,for that matter over a piece of segwapa,she ws still so young,bright future ahead,gongwe one a ka tsoga ale boloka,eish to sad


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