A long-service cop who raped, impregnated and brutally murdered his biological daughter was called a beast by the Scottburgh High Court.
Warrant Officer Simo Mgobhozi (41) pleaded guilty to a count of rape and murder and was last week sentenced to a term of life in prison and 15 years.
Handing down the sentence, Judge Gregory Kruger told the packed courtroom that South Africa was very unfortunate to have people such as Mgobhozi in public service.
The judge said he could not believe a person tasked with maintaining law, order and upholding justice could commit such a gruesome crime within his own family.
“A 13-year-old that you killed after raping her was carrying your child. You could have been a father and grandfather to that child. What a shame! The sentence I’m imposing should teach others there is a need to uphold morals in our society,” the judge said.
The court heard that in June 2011, Mgobhozi, a married man, raped his 13-year-old daughter from another woman.
The girl kept quiet until she was six months pregnant. She then told her mother and grandmother her father had impregnated her.
A case of rape was opened and Mgobhozi was granted bail in January 2012.
The court heard that on 1 March 2012, Mgobhozi stormed the house at Umlazi Z section where the girl and her mother lived.
He asked why they had opened a rape case against him and sprayed the girl with eight bullets, killing her instantly.
The deceased’s mother, Zinhle Khuzwayo, disrupted the court proceedings when she broke down and cried uncontrollably at the mention of the day’s incidents.
The murdered girl’s mother, uncles, aunts and grandmother welcomed the sentence.