The hor­ror of her last mo­ments

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - SHAIN GER­MANER

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.

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