Tebogo Msimanga |
A 28 year old alleged killer Ntokozo Khulekani Zikhali , from Brakpan, abandoned his bail application at the Benoni Magistrates’ Court. He is charged with kidnapping, rape, murder, and violation of the corpse of a 4-year-old girl, Bokgabo Poo.
It is alleged that on 10 October 2022, the girl had gone to play with a 5-year-old boy at a park in Wattville, Benoni, when they were approached by Zikhali. The accused gave the little boy money to go buy lollipops and lured the deceased to an unknown location.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said later that day, the parents of the deceased reported the child missing to the police. “The next day in the morning, while a woman from the neighbourhood was sweeping her yard, she came across a human leg, she alerted a neighbour, and they contacted the police”
Mahanjana said as part of the investigation, CCTV footage from a nearby tavern was discovered, which showed the deceased walking with Zikhali, on the day of her disappearance. The footage was circulated on social media, and when Zikhali discovered the existence of the footage, it is alleged that he fled to Boksburg.
Zikhali was arrested on 14 October 2022, at a petrol station, after the petrol attendant pointed him out to the police, who were at the filling station. “Zikhali was out on bail on another matter, where he is facing a charge of raping a 9-year-old girl”. Both matters are adjourned to 14 February 2023, for further investigations.