It was a gloomy scene at baby Mnyeni’s home in Philippi, Cape Town. Inganathai Mnyeni’s untimely demise brought rivers of tears to the eyes of many. Mourners were seen wailing and silently praying for the dead baby. Loud cries tore the gloomy cloud as the coffin of baby Inganathi Mnyeni was spotted in her family house.
Buzzsouthafrica gathered that numerous mourners were seen around the street. Most wept their heart out, others resorted to tearful prayers.
When it was time to speak, Inganathi Mnyenei’s mother Andisiwe Mnani who couldn’t hide her tears said, “Even at her young age, she wasn’t naughty. Inganathi was a quiet baby.”
“She was a child who listened,” he said.
Reacting, the baby’s uncle lamented that coping with the death of the baby has been very difficult.
“The infant’s murder has been difficult for the family,” Bongani Nunu said.
Inganathi was only seven months old before her demise. On the day she died, her mother and her ex-boyfriend Zukile Nakupi had engaged in a hot argument. Inganathi’s mother had earlier woken up to feed her before the fierce argument ensued. The argument later turned into a physical fight. Nakupi allegedly picked up Inganathi and flung her against the wall. The dude did not stop at that, he also went hard on the baby by her flinging her against an electriicty meter in the house.
The baby died at the scene despite her 7-year-old sister coming to her rescue. When the killer saw what happened, he fled. However, after four days in hiding, he was apprehended by the police. Nakupi had just finished serving two years jail term for shoplifting.
Reports also said that Nakupi contacted Inganathi’s families while on his heels, promising to “open fire” on the family. He made this promise after residents in the community brought his home down in anger.
On Monday, a member of Gugulethu NGO at Ilitha Labanta said that the baby killer was a danger to the community and that with such attitude, the best place that fits Nakupi is ‘behind the bars’. Ilitha Labanta is an NGO that deals with domestic violence, child abuse and women’s rights.
“He doesn’t belong in a community or between people. He has to be taken to jail. He doesn’t deserve bail. He is a danger to our community.” said Mqela
Nomaxaba Mqela is a counselor and senior administrator at Ilitha Labanta.
“The way he killed the child and the fact that the seven year older child tried to intervene is bad”
The little girl is severely traumatised by the incident”. “The suspect showed no remorse, she said.
Meanwhile, Nakupi appeared at the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The case was scheduled to continue on 2nd March.
National homicide study obtained from South Africa Medical Research Council reveals that in 2009, a total of 1,018 child homicides were taken down across the country. 454 of these cases were fatal child abuse.