Pretoria – So frantic was a Soshanguve mother after discovering that her 9-year-old son had raped her friend’s 3-year-old daughter that she bludgeoned the little rape victim to death with a rock to silence her.
The mother, her son and her daughter went to sleep that night with the body outside their bedroom window, while the family of Asanda Mbuku searched for the child throughout the night. Knowing her son had raped the child, the mother sent him to school the next day.
This horrific tale unfolded on Wednesday in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, when the 32-year-old mother pleaded guilty to murder and an attempt to obstruct justice.
The mother was sentenced to an effective 11-year jail sentence for the killing.
The woman told the court she was bitterly sorry for what she had done.
She explained that she was in a tavern on June 20, 2014, with a male friend and her 3-year-old.
The accused eventually left for home with the young children, and after she fed them, she left them in the care of her son in front of the TV while she had a nap.
“Around 8pm I was woken up by my son who said Asanda was not waking up. I went to check and I found her lying on her back at the door. She was half-naked. I realised she was not moving and sprinkled her with water to wake her, but she did not.”
The mother said she realised the child had been raped by her son.
“I took a rock and I hit her on her head to kill her. I hid her at the back of my garden. I did all this because my son had raped her and I did not want anyone to find out.
“When her parents came to the house to fetch her, I said I did not know where she was. I am so sorry for what I did. I beg you for mercy,” the woman told the judge.
Judge Maumela said it was a pity that the mother did not realise that her son would not have been arrested. He said that in terms of the law, a child under 10 could not be held criminally responsible for their deeds.