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The Demon Girl, part 5

Posted in Demon Girl, News Stories with tags , , , , , , , on July 31, 2012 by White Zulu

Isolezwe, Page 5, 31 Jul 2012

Nontuthuko Ngubane, reporting from Pietermaritzburg

Maritzburg family living in fear

The family of a child from Sweetwaters near Pietermaritzburg, who was murdered and had her eyes removed, fears for its life because the one accused in this case has still not admitted that he was the one who committed this heinous act. Yesterday Mzokhona Sibisi (32), who claimed to be praying for Ayanda so that he would save her, appeared for the fourth time in court – but the hearing of the case has still not begun because he has not yet obtained a lawyer.

Ayanda Sibiya (12) was found murdered in a water tank in Sweetwaters, bound hand and foot and with various parts of her body removed.

It was the first time that Ayanda’s mother, Ntombenhle Sibiya (32) was present in court since the accused began to appear on this charge.

A family member who didn’t want his name to be published said that they are living in fear because they don’t know whether the others who helped ‘Mzo’ to murder their child were still at large.

“We are fearful now because we don’t know whether there are still other murderers at large. The fact that this case is not commencing is really upsetting us. We don’t know why this person’s family has not appeared. Even if there are people from Msinga who say that they saw the newspaper with his name, his family has still not appeared after such a long time,” said this member of the family.

As usual whenever Sibisi appears in court, he was smiling and chatting again with other accused sitting next to him.

When asked by the Magistrate whether he was still going on for this long about the issue of his lawyer, he replied in English, saying that he was still waiting to be put in touch with his family so that they would sort out the matter of the lawyer.

“The investigator of the case was not there the whole week at the police station in which I was incarcerated. For this reason I was unable to get my cellphone with the numbers of my family. Up until now I have not yet managed to communicate with them (at home) so that we can chat about this issue of the lawyer,” said Sibisi, speaking in court.

Previously the Magistrate requested that he be returned to Plessisslaer so that he could be near to the investigator of the case, but the police station released a document to the effect that the accused should not be returned to them but should be kept at New Prison because of danger to him at that police station.

The Magistrate directed that the accused be returned to New Prison and communicate with the investigator of the case so that he could be able to get hold of his family quickly.

Community members who were filling the court in order to attend this case left feeling very irritated.

Many were accusing Sibisi of murdering his family, since it has not appeared even after a long time has passed with him in jail.

He said that he was from eMpangeni in the court, but people close to him said that he had once said that he was from Mphophomeni.


The Demon Girl, part 4

Posted in Demon Girl, News Stories with tags , , , , , , , on July 24, 2012 by White Zulu

‘We don’t need these tent services now’ 

24 July 2012, page 3, Isolezwe

Nonthuthuko Ngubane

Reporting from Pietermaritzburg

The community of Sweetwaters near Pietermaritzburg wants to put a stop to ‘tent services’ in their area because it believes that these arrive with corrupted priests.

Yesterday in the court in Pietermaritzburg, members of the community protested in great numbers against the bail request of Mzokhona Sibisi (32), who is accused of murdering a 12 year old girl, claiming that he was praying over her in order to heal her of her demonic possession.

This incident has left the family of Ayanda Sibiya (12) completely stunned, as parts of her body were cut out and she was bound hand and foot with a rope. The community, led by the councillor for the area, Mr Simon Sokhela, as well as members of the ANC Women’s League Moses Mabhida Region, arrived to hear about the case of this ‘faith-healer’, saying that he was playing with religion because he wanted to achieve his own intentions.

Ms Zanele Ngcobo told Isolezwe that, in her opinion, these ‘tent services’ should be stopped.

“We no longer need these tents in this community. We are getting tired of people who hide behind religion but are actually corrupted. People should preach to their own people, because we see them just suddenly springing up in their tents with their spirits so high that we think they are great Christians, even though they are actually criminals,” said Ms Ngcobo.

According to Ayanda’s family, Sibisi (the accused) arrived in Sweetwaters with a ‘tent service’. He found out about Ayanda’s sickness ‘of the demons’ and then asked to pray over her. His relationship with the family grew because they thought that she was saved and that he was helping them.

Ayanda’s family was in court for the first time since Sibisi first appeared on July 9. 

Ms Sizani Sibiya, the aunt of Ayanda, said that they were not convinced that Sibisi was the one who had killed Ayanda, before he had written them a letter confessing to the crime. 

“We were actually even wanting to get him out of jail, when he was first arrested. He was like a father to Ayanda, and he used to take her out to eat. There was nothing that he wouldn’t have done for her. What stopped us thinking like this was when he wrote us a letter saying that he confessed to the crime. How could he confess to a crime if he didn’t know about it?” Asked Ms Sibiya, crying in anger.

She said that in this letter he said that he confessed to the crime because he was being greatly harassed by the police, and he said that even if someone hadn’t yet been arrested it was okay as long as someone was arrested for his friend Ayanda. 

Councillor Sokhela said that this matter was extremely disturbing to them as the community because this ‘faith-healer’ was now wanting others to be arrested who had not been involved in the case.

Sibisi was returned to jail in order to obtain a lawyer, as he said that he had not been able to communicate with his family since he was arrested.

The case will return to court on July 30.