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Nanny's cellphone key to investigation into Daveyton toddler's murder

08 November 2019 - 16:26 By Naledi Shange
Sihle Tshabalala and Lerato Mnguni, the parents of slain Daveyton toddler Langelihle Mnguni.
Sihle Tshabalala and Lerato Mnguni, the parents of slain Daveyton toddler Langelihle Mnguni.
Image: Naledi Shange

Contents of the cellphone belonging to a Daveyton nanny accused of murdering the 19-month-old child she was hired to care for will form an integral part of her trial.

This was revealed in the Benoni magistrate’s court on Friday where the nanny, Mannana Tsabane, appeared and chose to abandon her bail bid.

Moments after Tsabane indicated that she no longer wanted to apply for bail, the prosecution requested a postponement, saying that, among other things, the contents of her cellphone were outstanding.

Prosecutor Pheello Maleleka said Tsabane’s cellphone was yet to be processed by forensics.

“A lot still has to be done. We have not received the postmortem report or photo album [from the scene] or the cellphone of the accused. The cellphone has been sent to the forensic science lab,” said Maleleka.

“There is also the statement of a crucial witness that the investigating officer has not yet obtained,” Maleleka added.

Tsabane had told the family that she and the toddler, Langelihle Mnguni, had been attacked by intruders. She said the attackers had entered the house and poisoned her and Langelihle before taking off with him.

She alleged that the attack happened in the early hours of October 28 after the child’s mother, Lerato Mnguni, and her aunt had left for work.

Tsabane was found in the house later that afternoon and had claimed that she had been unable to make contact with the toddler’s mother or call neighbours for help.

The little boy was later found dead in the family’s storeroom as medics attended to Tsabane. The family said the 19-month-old had been strangled and suffocated. He also suffered a neck fracture.

Tsabane had cared for Langa since he was two months old. She faces a charge of murder and another of defeating the ends of justice.

Speaking to the media after the court proceedings, Tshabalala thanked the scores of community members who had come out in support of them at all the court appearances thus far.