Murder of Masego Kgomo

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Masego Kgomo
Born c. 1999
Disappeared 31 December 2009
Soshanguve, Gauteng
Died 31 December 2009(2009-12-31) (aged 10)
Soshanguve, Gauteng
Body discovered 9 January 2010(2010-01-09)
Soshanguve, Gauteng
Resting place Zandfontein Cemetery [1]
Nationality South African
Home town Soshanguve, Gauteng
Parent(s) Joseph and Kate Kgomo

Masego Kgomo (c. 1999 – 31 December 2009) was a South African girl murdered in order to provide body parts for rituals performed by a sangoma.[2] Her murder sparked calls for sangomas to stop using human remains.[3][4]

Kgomo went missing near her home in Soshanguve, a township north of Pretoria, on 31 December 2009. Five people were initially charged with her kidnapping and murder.[5] A suspect led police to Kgomo's body in Soshanguve in the early hours of 9 January 2010.[6]

On 28 November 2011, Judge Billy Mothle found 30-year-old Brian Mangwale guilty of her murder and kidnapping in the Pretoria High Court. Mangwale was sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder and six years imprisonment for her kidnapping.[7][8][9]

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  1. ^ Magome, Mogomotsi (18 January 2010). "Sad farewell for slain Masego". IOL. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Venter, Zelda (13 May 2011). "Body parts ‘ripped out of her’". IOL.co.za. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ "'Stop killing children for muti'". Times LIVE. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  4. ^ "Minister calls for separate criminal charges for muti killings". Times LIVE. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  5. ^ "5 in court for girl's murder". News24. 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  6. ^ McLea, Harriet (10 January 2010). "10-year-old Masego was 'a lovely, beautiful, funny girl'". Times LIVE. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Life sentence for muti killer". News24. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Hlahla, Patrick (29 November 2011). "Masego ‘mutilated while alive’". Pretoria News. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Dlamini, Penwell (29 November 2011). "Muti killer gets life". The Sowetan. Retrieved 26 March 2013.