A man found guilty of raping a 6-year-old girl and burning her body

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Pretoria High Court found Moses Makoso (31) from De Deur guilty of premeditated murder, rape and kidnapping of a six-year-old girl. On 29 April 2021, the minor, her brother and a friend had gone to the bush in Maboloka in North West Province, close to Makoso’s house, to get traditional cucumber.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said Makoso called the three children to his house. He then instructed the brother and the friend to go back home to wear shoes. He promised to give them fish on their return. “The two boys left and he then led the little girl back to the bushes where he raped, strangled her to death and set her body alight. When the two boys returned to Makoso’s house, they found no one”.

The boys told the aunt of the young girl what had happened. Later that day, the aunt reported the child missing to the police. 

Mhanjana added that the community and the family searched for the missing child. The following day, they went to Makoso’s house. They apprehended and handed him over to the police.

“On 01 May 2021, Makoso confessed to killing and burning the child’s body. He then pointed out to the police where the incidents occurred”. Maseko has been in custody since his arrest. In court, he pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him. The matter is postponed to 19-20 September 2022 for sentence proceedings

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