'I shot her in the face'
Murder suspect's 'confession' admitted as evidence
THE Johannesburg High Court has admitted as evidence a confession made by a Soweto man accused of killing his girlfriend, whom he had suspected of cheating.
"The statement was made by the accused while in sober mind and no undue pressure was put on him to confess the way he did.
"The statement is therefore admissible," said Judge Naren Pandya.
In the confession, which was read out in court, Mlungisi Innocent Mchunu, 27, tells of how he shot Senzeni Sikhakhane after he discovered that she was cheating on him.
Mchunu said he had visited Sikhakhane on March 18 last year and found her with another man.
"I later took her cellphone and checked her messages and found that the man she was with, Sugar Mbatha, had sent her a message that read 'I love u' that very day," the statement said.
Mchunu said he went back to Jabulani Hostel in Soweto where he lived, fetched his gun and returned to Sikhakhane's backyard shack where "I shot her in the face."
Mabuyi Mhlongo, who shared the shack with Sikhakhane, testified that on the eve of the murder, Sikhakhane had told her to tell Mchunu that Mbatha was her (Mhlongo's) friend.
Mhlongo said Mbatha had visited them in their shack and they drank alcohol.
"One of the landlord's children called Sikhakhane outside and when she returned, she looked as if she had just seen a ghost," she said.
She said after Mbatha had left, she went to a tuck shop.
"When I came back I found him sitting with Sikhakhane in the shack," Mhlongo said.
"Mchunu wanted to leave and asked Sikhakhane to walk her home but she refused.
"Moments after he had left, Sikhakhane realised her cellphone was missing.
"She realised that Mchunu had taken it. She followed him and demanded to know why he took her cellphone.
"They argued for hours and when she finally returned, she asked me to tell Mchunu that Mbatha was my visitor and not her's."
He faces charges relating to murder and possession of a fire-arm and ammunition.
He has pleaded not guilty to the all charges.