Two women who burnt school girl alive sentenced

Two women, Cynthia Mosupi, and Sharon Gugu Thwala, who murdered schoolgirl Boitumelo Dlamini by dousing her with petrol and setting her aflame were on Monday sentenced to 18  and 14 years in jail by the High Court in Pretoria.

Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela sentenced Mosupi, 24, to 18 years in jail, while her friend, Thwala, 25, got 14 years, for kidnapping and murdering Dlamini, reports South Africa’s The Citizen.

The women in June 2015 kidnapped Dlamini from outside Eletra Secondary School, where she was writing her matric exam, and took her to the bushes near the Klipgat cemetery, where she was dragged out of the car, doused with petrol and set aflame while frantically
pleading for her life.

The two had planned in advance to confront Dlamini about her suspected relationship with Mosupi’s former boyfriend.

A video of the pleading schoolgirl’s agonising death, in which her loud screams and cries could clearly be heard, served as evidence in the trial.

The video also showed Mosupi and Thwala assaulting and restraining Dlamini while Mosupi repeatedly warned her to stay away from her former boyfriend. It ended with Mosupi pouring
petrol on to Dlamini while Thwala was holding on to her and the petrol igniting, burning Dlamini alive.

Judge Maumela said the video showed that Dlamini was helpless and not putting up a fight, but was trying to get away and pleading frantically while she was being assaulted.

She even promised to never see Mosupi’s boyfriend again, but her pleas fell on deaf ears and she was subjected to physical and mental torture with her attackers showing no mercy.

Source: The Citizen

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