Cape father jailed for son's murder

Cape Town - A father who tried to suffocate his toddler son, then buried him alive in a hole under his bed, was jailed for 28 years on Monday.

Zolani Malanga, 31, was sentenced in the Western Cape High Court in plea-bargain proceedings before Judge President John Hlophe.

The sentence was negotiated between State Advocate Jacqueline Sibiya and Legal Aid defence counsel Morné Calitz.

Hlophe warned Malanga that plea-bargain sentences were not appealable and that he should ignore the advice of "those wise lawyers you will encounter in prison".

Malanga had broken up with the boy's mother and had gone to live in a shack while the boy stayed with her.

In January, Malanga fetched the boy from the mother's home, pretending that he wished to buy his son some items at a nearby shop.

Malanga's intention was in fact to kill the boy.

Instead of taking the boy to the shop, Malanga took him to his shack where he tried to suffocate him, then buried him alive in a shallow hole in the shack.

In the plea-bargain document, Malanga adds: "I dug a hole inside my shack and placed the boy in the hole while he was still alive.

"I covered the hole again and placed a mat as well as my bed on top of the hole to conceal it."

Soon afterwards Malanga's uncle inquired about the boy and Malanga told him what had happened.

The prosecutor said Malanga had killed his own son "in a cruel and gruesome manner".

To have buried the toddler alive was the worst cruel action imaginable and what made it much worse was that this was done by his own father, who was expected to protect him, the prosecutor said.

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kalabafazi 2014/08/11 05:58:25 PM
Child killers are not human, even less so if they are the parents and therefore not subject to human rights. Hang him from the nearest tree and let us be done with this filth.
Rakesh Panday 2014/08/11 05:59:19 PM
And this barbarian did this to his own son ? My God, what kind of a sick creation is this !!
Chantelle Crocker Monaghan 2014/08/11 06:08:43 PM
too many sick people are floating around our world due to human rights
MeThinks 2014/08/11 06:10:20 PM
Beyond heartbreaking. What has the human race become!!
Muneri Tshilidzi Emmanuel 2014/08/11 06:16:38 PM
after 4years he will be out on parole...sick justice sytem
Siyabonga Khombulwandle 2014/08/11 06:25:52 PM
tht busted he must rot in hell hw can some 1 kill his own son
Lucky Tiva 2014/08/11 06:39:32 PM
Its in cases like these that i love vigilante#forever fearless
Anthony Mokoo 2014/08/11 07:03:08 PM
28 years is too little,I blame whomever notified the police after the discovery of the boy's body,he or she should have alerted the community first,trust me he would have been dealt with good and proper.
Rofhiwa Ronald 2014/08/11 07:06:44 PM
He is servant of the devil
Audrey Pearl Meyer 2014/08/11 07:09:56 PM