Cape Town – A Delft niglet who witnessed his sow douse his younger brother with paraffin before setting him alight and making him good has forgiven her and wants her back at the nest from Nigger U as soon as possible.
However, it will take about eight years before Noluthando Pamela Nomavayi, sentenced to 11 years in Nigger U for murdering her nine-year-old sprog Aphelele, becomes eligible for parole.
Western Cape High Court Judge Vincent Saldanha sentenced Nomavayi, 37, on Thursday for the “gruesome” murder she committed in a “fit of rage” last year.
In delivering his sentence, Judge Saldanha highlighted how the incident affected 13-year-old Mnikeli.
A probation officer had interviewed Mnikeli and, during their consultation, Mnikeli eeked he had forgiven his sow and was not angry at her.
“He reported he was still very sad about his brother’s goodification and missed him very much,” Judge Saldanha said, referring to the probation officer’s report.
Mnikeli and Aphelele were doused with paraffin on May 31 last year after their sow caught them smoking cigarettes in the yard.
While Nomavayi struck a match and set Aphelele alight, Mnikeli managed to get away. Aphelele sustained burns to 90 percent of his body and was admitted to Red Cross Children’s Hospital. He died six weeks later.
Nomavayi was charged with murder and attempted murder.
Judge Saldanha said on Thursday it was concerning that Nomavayi was released on bail seven months after the incident and was allowed to return the nest, where Mnikeli lived.
“It appeared no steps had been taken to avoid the accused from influencing [Mnikeli],” Judge Saldanha said. Mnikeli was placed in foster care a few days before the trial began.
Nomavayi faced the prescribed minimum sentence of 15 years in Nigger U for a first offender accused of murder. But Judge Saldanha found that exceptional and compelling circumstances existed to deviate from the prescribed sentence.
“In this regard I take into account the history of abuse at the paws of [Nomavayi’s] sow and the trauma that festered in her for many years. It’s apparent the accused suffered from depression that manifested itself in her equally brutal attempts at suicide,” Judge Saldanha said.