Sunnyboy Phakimpi Mnisi, 32, from KaMhlushwa near Malalane, pleaded guilty to murder and pleaded not guilty to two charges of rape, a Sapa correspondent reported.
He voluntarily admitted that he unlawfully caused the death of his daughter, Ayanda Nokuvela Mnisi, 7, by strangling her after she started having seizures.
He admitted to forcefully hitting Ayanda’s head against the floor on August 16, 2012, and running away after he realised that she was dead.
Mnisi testified that he then called his mother and informed her that he had killed his own daughter.
When State prosecutor George Baloyi asked the court to keep the accused in police custody as he had pleaded guilty to the murder charge, Mnisi refused to be detained.
“No, no, no! This will not happen. I am not going inside there. You asked me to plead, and now you want to lock me up. Call my mother first or this is not going to happen,” Mnisi said to the court orderly.
He tried fighting two policemen who were ordered to take him to his cell, but they overpowered him.
His mother was called and she went to comfort him as he was escorted to police cells.
Before the case was adjourned, Mnisi’s sister, Norma Prudence Mnisi, testified that she received a call from their mother informing her that Mnisi had killed Ayanda.
“As I was a member of the Community Policing Forum (CPF), we went to his house to investigate and found the doors wide open. After entering, we found the child lying on the floor inside his bedroom. She was already dead,” she said.
Norma said the naked child’s face was covered with a T-shirt and her private parts with her school dress.
“I walked out of the house and contacted my sector manager and the police. The child’s mother passed away a long time ago and the girl lived with our mother.
“The accused arrived home the next day crying, after his brother fetched him from the veld where he was hiding. He apologised to the family, saying he had done something wrong by killing the child. He was shaking and did not say much,” Norma testified.
Dr Jan Marais, who conducted the post-mortem on the child, testified that she suffered an injury to the back of the head and died as a result of strangulation.
He added that there was semen on both her private parts, indicating she had been raped.
Marais said as he had performed the post-mortem six days after the girl’s death, he could not establish whether the rapes happened before or after her death.
Judge Ebenhaezer Jordaan said the court needed to call a pathologist to establish whether the rapes happened before or during or after the victim was murdered.
The trial continues.