The horror of her last moments
IT PROVED too much for Duduzile Zozo’s mother, Thuziwe, to listen to the graphic confession of how her daughter had been killed and mutilated.
Dabbing her eyes throughout proceedings, Thuziwe ran from the courtroom after hearing how Lekgoa Motleleng had forcibly kissed her daughter.
In his plea agreement, Motleleng said he had killed Zozo because she had rejected his sexual advances and had threatened to “tell on him” after he had forcibly kissed her.
According to Motleleng’s confession, he and Zozo were walking home from a tavern in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, in the early hours.
The pair shared mutual acquaintances, and Motleleng’s cousin and Zozo’s brother were good friends.
Though Motleleng admitted he knew Zozo was a lesbian, he – in his own words – “proposed love” to the young woman. Zozo told him they should talk about it the next day, but he refused to back off.
When Motleleng forcibly kissed her, she tried to kick and scratch him.
Motleleng dragged her into the yard of a nearby house and tripped her. She threatened to tell her brother about what she believed Motleleng was planning to do.
It sent the then 22-year-old into a rage. He grabbed Zozo by the neck and squeezed the air from her lungs.
When she “lost power”, Motleleng let go. Zozo was still alive but silent when Motleleng walked to the outdoor lavatory and grabbed a toilet brush.
Motleleng said he pushed the handle into Zozo’s vagina to determine if she was alive, but the brush slid into the young woman.
He then strangled her.