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Mother appears in court for alleged murder of her baby

The 25-year-old Mimi Mokoena was remanded in custody until Thursday, 1 July 2021 for legal representation. Mokoena appeared in the Ga-rankuwa Magistrates’ Court today on charges of murder, perjury and obstructing / defeating the ends of justice.

The accused’s court appearance stems from an incident in which her one-month-old baby was found on the river banksby a passer-by on Sunday, 27 June 2021. 

“That was after Mokoena had on Saturday, 26 June 2021, summoned the police to her place and ultimately registered a case of kidnapping,” says Gauteng Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele. 

According to Makhubele, Mokoena informed the police that two unknown men armed with a firearm and panga, forcefully gained entrance into her shack at Itsoseng Phase 2, in Hebron at about 19:00 on Saturday, 26 June 2021, and demanded to see her boyfriend.

“Upon being told that the boyfriend was not home, the men allegedly instructed her to seal her and her baby’s mouths with a sellotape and ultimately fled from the scene with the baby,”

Makhubele says after an intensive investigation by Bojanala Platinum Sub-District 2’s Trio Task Team, the mother admitted to killing the baby. 

“As a result, she was arrested and charged with murder, perjury and obstructing / defeating the ends of justice.”

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