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Langelihle Mnguni: Alleged killer nanny looks to be released on bail

The family of the toddler are calling on the courts to make the right decision, and remand the accused nanny in custody.

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Photo: Silindelo Masikane / TW

The woman accused of killing Langelihle Mnguni, a 20-month-old toddler, appeared before the Benoni Magistrate’s Court, on Wednesday, to submit her bail application.

Langelihle Mnguni: What we know about the alleged killer

The woman believed to be the person responsible for the murder of little Langelihle Mnguni is from the East Rand, Gauteng. The 39-year-old was placed under arrest after an autopsy report showed that the 20-month-old toddler had sustained a fractured neck and died as a result of asphyxiation.

On Friday, 18 October, Langelihle’s parents, Lerato and Tshabalala Mnguni, left their 20-month-old son with their nanny in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, before heading out.

According to the toddler’s family, the parents had established a healthy relationship with the nanny who has looked after Langelihle Mnguni since he was two months old.

When they returned, the nanny hysterically claimed that three men entered her home and forced her and Langelihle Mnguni to drink poison.

The toddler was declared dead on the scene and the 39-year-old was rushed to the hospital for treatment. The results of the autopsy, however, was the nail in the coffin for detectives and she was charged with killing the little boy.

Angry protesters petition for bail to be remanded

On Wednesday, the courtroom gallery at the Benoni Magistrate’s Court was packed with supporters of the Mnguni family, as the 39-year-old nanny made her way to the dock.

She entered a plea of not guilty to the charges laid against her and indicated that she would like to apply for bail. This caused an uproar outside the court, where protesters, holding up “no bail” placards, chanted slurs and called for the suspect’s bail application to be declined.

The matter has been postponed until Friday, 8 November, where the court will rule on the 39-year-old’s bail request. In the meantime, there has been a petition launched by supporters of the Mnguni family, calling for those wishing for justice to sign in support of the nanny being remanded in custody until the commencement of the trial.

The little boy’s mother, Lerato, was thankful for the support her family has received from the community in these trying times.

“We are very grateful for the support of the community. She knows Langa is my only child. I don’t have a sister, I don’t have parents. Langa was my hope and she knows that. She knew everything about me. I shared everything with her. I just kept asking myself, why,” Lerato reflected.

The case will return to the court’s roll on Friday.