No plea yet in Bokgabo Poo case one month after arrest – Suspect to appear in court Monday

“Because the justice system cannot get its act together, Bokgabo Poo’s suspected murderer has not even pleaded to the charges of rape, murder, defeating the ends of justice and violating a corpse,” said Tshepi Mmekwa, Action Centre Coordinator at Action Society. “He was arrested shortly after she went missing, and here we are, just short of a month later, without progress in the case.

“We can only hope that Monday brings us a step closer to getting justice when the suspect appears in court again.”

The parents of little four-year-old Bokgabo Poo from Benoni finally laid her to rest this past week after waiting for DNA analysis to identify her positively. However, some of her body parts are still missing.

Bokgabo went missing on 10 October 2021, and her mutilated body was found in two places the next day. A suspect – Ntokozo Zikhali – was arrested and charged in Boksburg on 14 October. Bokgabo’s father caused a commotion in court when the suspect appeared the first time and demanded to know where his daughter’s remains were. The suspect failed to plead during his subsequent appearance in court, as apparently, no one wanted to represent him.

It came to light that the accused was out on bail for the rape of a nine-year-old girl when he allegedly kidnapped, raped, murdered and mutilated Bokgabo.

“The police and justice system has failed Bokgabo so many times,” said Mmekwa. “We cannot let this continue happening. No sex offender with a previous conviction or charge should be allowed out on bail.”

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