A man has supposedly confessed to the murder of 14-year-old Simphiwe Sibeko, whose body was discovered mangled and disposed of in a veld in Soweto a few days after the nationwide lockdown had commenced.
The 14-year-old Simphiwe Sibeko teenager disappeared when she had told her grandmother that she was going to a nearby spaza shop in Dobsonville on April 2.
Her body was discovered later on the day with multiple wounds stabs.
The 22-year-old man whose name cannot be disclosed because he hasn’t pleaded guilty to the rape and a 17-year-old teenager were handcuffed between April 7 and 9 and were charged with Simphiwe’s murder and rape. The 17-year-old cannot by law not be known because he is facing criminal charges.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said the pair was supposed to appear in the Protea Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for legal aid purposes.
In a confession statement, the man explained how they allegedly killed Sibeko.
In his statement, he pointed fingers on to his 17-year-old co-accused, saying he was the mastermind of it all to rape the girl. However, he allegedly said it was never their intention to kill her.
The man explained how they met up with the 14 year old on the last day of her alive.
“Simphiwe dated [the 17-year-old]. He came up with the plan on what we should do when we went to smoke marijuana,” the man said.
“We got to the veld, and I started smoking marijuana. [The 17-year-old] was also smoking, and we offered Simphiwe some marijuana. She did not want to smoke and told us that she wants to go home.”
In the statement, the man said he continued smoking while the co-accused implied to Sibeko that he wanted to have sex with her.
“[The 17-year-old] then convinced me to help him rape her. I took out a knife and held her feet then he forced himself on her. She fought back and resisted, so I stabbed her on the neck and legs several times while [he] strangled her,” he said.
He said they had a wrestled but managed to defeat her before they took turns raping her and disposing of the body.
“We were both scared and confused when we realized what we had done when we realized that she was dead. We did not know what to do with her body and decided to dump it at the veld, where we thought it would not be found,” he said.
The man allegedly confessed on the murder after he was taken in custody and was questioned by the police.
Nandi Sibeko, the teen’s mother, said she was at ease to have found some form of closure.
“At least now we know that the case will not take long. It makes us feel better knowing that we will be able to get closure quicker,” she said.
“The police took me to the scene on Saturday. I had not gotten the chance to see where my daughter was when she was found. It hurt because we miss her. The house is lonelier and quieter without her,” she said.
Her grandmother, Joyce, earlier said “She was still growing up. She was brilliant at school. At primary school, she was a head girl. Even in high school, she was in the top five. But her life was cut short, the departure of such a young soul is painful.”
Provincial police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said he was not able to comment on the case as it was before the court.