The accused appeared at the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court on Friday and is expected to apply for bail on Thursday, 5 May 2022.
The 8-year-old girl also from Mamelodi in Pretoria was allegedly attacked by her mother’s boyfriend. She is currently fighting for her life at a Pretoria East hospital following this incident.
According to the father, the family was visiting the grandmother’s house in Khutsong extension in Mamelodi East when the attack happened.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) last week, the couple involved were at a funeral and got into an argument. Things took a sickening turn from there.
“The following day while the mother of the minor had gone to a nearby car wash in Mamelodi, the accused went to a house where she stayed to try and work things out. When he arrived, he found the minor with her grandmother. It is alleged that the accused took a butcher knife he found in the kitchen and slit the throat of the minor. The man and the mother of the minor are in a relationship.”
NPA Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana
The mother of the child reportedly heard screams from her own mother, and quickly rushed home. Once there, the child was rushed to the hospital.
The accused was arrested after he handed himself over at the Hammanskraal Police Station in Pretoria North.
The victim’s father said he has not slept since the day of the attack, and he has been working tirelessly to find information that would help get his daughter justice.
He also said both his children were traumatised by the incident.
Not In My Name Secretary General, Themba Masango said they will be in court with the community to make sure that no bail is granted.