Family of slain Eastern Cape girl‚ 5‚ buries her as uncle appears in court

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Family of slain Eastern Cape girl‚ 5‚ buries her as uncle appears in court

Zwanga Mukhuthu | 2017-02-10 13:34:47.0

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Image by: CARLOS JASSO

The family of slain five-year-old‚ Zizipho Maqabangqa‚ were not in court on Friday morning when her uncle appeared in connection with her murder. They were burying her.

The Grade R pupil died on Tuesday night after she was stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife that pierced her heart. The incident happened in Minningberg‚ Dimbaza.

Her mentally-ill uncle Andile Maqabangqa‚ 38‚ was arrested for her murder.

He appeared in the Dimbaza Magistrate’s Court before magistrate Nceba Madiba. He was dressed in a Springbok t-shirt and over-sized maroon trousers that fell from the waist each time he stood up and wore a single sandal.

He had difficulty understanding court proceedings at times‚ refusing to obey court orderlies when instructed to stand before the magistrate.

His Legal Aid Board attorney Bongelwa Manjingolo told the court she was unable to communicate with him during consultations.

The case was postponed to Monday for the investigating officer to find out more about Maqabangqa’s mental illness history.

– TMG Digital/DispatchLIVE



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