Killer who set fire to girl says ‘sorry’
ONE of the killers of a teenager who was burnt to death as a result of a love triangle, handed a letter to the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, in which she told the victim’s parents that she was terribly sorry for what she had done.
She said in the letter that she understood that they were angry with her, but she never meant to kill their daughter.
Cynthia Mosupi, 24, and her co-accused Gugu Thwala, 23, were earlier convicted of murdering Boitomelo Dlamini by setting her alight.
Both women pleaded not guilty to murder and said they simply wanted to teach Dlamini a lesson for having an affair with Mosupi’s boyfriend, who was also the father of her child.
According to them they poured petrol over their victim to scare her, but things went wrong when someone lit a cigarette nearby and she went up in flames.
Mosupi told Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela yesterday that she wanted to apologise to Dlamini’s family, but she was too afraid to do so.
“What I’ve done to their child was so painful. I can’t believe that they would want me to visit. As a parent I can put myself in their shoes. It would have hurt me so badly to lose my only daughter. Even I would wish that the culprits would pay for what they’ve done. I’m ready to pay for my deeds,” she said in tears.
Her eldest sister Nancy Modise testified that the family tried several times to make contact with the victim’s family to apologise but they refused. They were also scared because the family made threats to burn them and their house.
She said they didn’t condone what her sister had done and as a parent herself she would feel the same as the victim’s family.
Dlamini’s family told a social worker that they were still extremely angry at the accused for what they had done. Dlamini was an only child and her mother, Ana Dlamini, said she tried to be away from home as often as possible, as everything there reminded her of her daughter.
The mother said she also avoided family gatherings as the rest of the family would attend with their children. “I miss her voice as she always called me ‘Mama’,” she told the social worker.
The woman said she was angry with the judicial system as she doubted that the culprits would receive a life sentence for what they had done.
The court earlier found that Mosupi planned the killing, while Twala did not know what the plans were when they kidnapped Dlamini that day. The judge, however, found that Twala should have foreseen that Dlamini could die when they poured the petrol over her and she was set alight. Dlamini went up in flames on June 18, 2015, simply because she had a love affair with Mosupi’s former boyfriend.
Judge Maumela earlier commented on how Mosupi showed no emotion while she watched a video where Dlamini pleaded for her life.
The video was taken on the day of the incident, shortly before Dlamini was burnt. Her charred body was later discovered in a veld near Klipgat, north of Pretoria.
Their friend Victor Pilane was at the scene during the incident and took a video clip on his cellphone. This depicted Dlamini crying and pleading for her life, while she was allegedly attacked and held down by the accused, after petrol was poured over her head.
Dlamini was abducted from the Eletsa Secondary School in Lethlabile, shortly after she wrote an exam.
Sentencing proceedings were postponed to March 20.