My dad has turned his back on me, says murder suspect
"I'm a young man who made a mistake"
THE MAN accused of murdering his girlfriend told Court 62 at the Pretoria Correctional Centre yesterday that, because of his alleged crime, his father had turned his back on him.
Sithokozile Mkhize, 25, yesterday testified that because of his "mistake", he was no longer welcome at his father's Lynwood Ridge, Pretoria, house.
He has been charged with the September 20 murder of his girlfriend Sarah Molewa, 24.
Mkhize also said he had been a target of both prisoners and prison warders since he was brought to the prison last Thursday.
"I'm a young man who made a mistake. I have been threatened by inmates because they saw my story in Sowetan."
Asked by prosecutor Thando Humana if he had been assaulted by the inmates, Mkhize said he had not, but added: "I was hit by a warder".
The reason he never reported the incident was because "I have never been in prison before. I don't know how it operates".
Opposing Mkhize's bail, Detective Hilton Botha said: "When we arrested him, I could tell he was very athletic. I warned him not to run because I would have to shoot him. He said it would be better if he were dead".
Botha further said Mkhize could have snapped after learning of Molewa's promiscuity.
"I believe he might commit suicide.
"The deceased was allegedly sleeping around and had slept with Mkhize's two mutual friends," said Botha.
Magistrate Christopher Chokoe rejected Mkhize's bail application. The case has been postponed to November 13, for further investigations.