THERE was drama yesterday when two men appeared in the Lehurutshe Magistrates Court. The men are accused of allegedly raping and killing Tlhalefo Mong (11). Tlhalefo’s mum Mmapholo Mong broke down in court. She took out her daughter’s photo and tried to show it to the suspects. While being dragged out of court by security guards, she threw down the funeral programme and demanded that the suspects look at it. Tlhalefo, from Gopane near Zeerust, North West, was reported missing last Wednesday after she she did not return from visiting an aunt. According to Tlhalefo’s gogo Khumoetsile Mokgojwa, the community suspected a neighbour was responsible for her disappearance.“I’m told he was seen washing his pants from the knees down, and that his shoes had blood stains on them.” Tlhalefo’s body was found in a pit toilet covered by heaps of toilet paper. The suspects were found in the nearby bush.Mmaphola said: “He befriended my family and I regarded him as my son. No one suspected he would do something this terrible.”Police spokeswoman Captain Afje Bothma said two men were arrested for murder and rape. Their case was postponed to 15 April.
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