'Pastor's wife was pained by her crime'
Suspects are on trial for the muti murder of a 9-year-old girl, who was pinned down and had her body parts removed while she was still alive
A police captain has testified in the Randburg magistrate's court how a murder accused looked distraught by her alleged crime.
Captain Happy Vilankulu was testifying before judge Piet Meyer in the trial within a trial of Nolufefe Magasane.
Magasane and her husband Monde Tokwe, Fundisile Sithole and Vusi Mofokeng have been charged with last year's murder of 9-year-old Yonela Sikweyiya.
Said Vilankulu: “After accused two (Magasane) revealed what happened, I arrested her. I could tell that, as a parent, what happened was a painful experience for accused two,” he said.
Magasane, just like her husband Tokwe, alleged that before her arrest on January 17 last year, she was assaulted by the police at her Mandela Park, Katlehong home.
Vilankulu disputed this, saying that he did “not believe” constable Ndlovu, a female officer who allegedly assaulted Magasane could do such a thing.
“When we arrived, accused number two was sitting on the sofa with the children. Constable Ndlovu was outside and I asked her to come fetch the children so that they would be absent when we conducted the interview,” said Vilankulu, adding that Magasane said certain things which were “tantamount to evidence”.
Magasane's attorney advocate Zola Ngcaba said his client was under duress when she made a statement to Lieutenant-Colonel Hluphe Solom Mabasa of the organised crime unit in Roodepoort, west rand on January 18.
“She feared that if she was not cooperative, she would be assaulted again. She was told to cooperate by a coloured police officer,” Ngcaba said. Mabasa however disputed this.
“She did not appear scared when I interviewed her, she was relaxed. She said she was a Xhosa speaking but if I mixed it (Xhosa) with IsiZulu, she would still understand. She also appeared to understand English,” Mabasa said.
Ngcaba then told Mabasa, who is Tsonga-speaking, that an interpreter should have been used as he spoke neither one of the languages, to which Mabasa responded: “I am able to distinguish between the two languages. I have been living in Gauteng for 26 years and am exposed to the two languages every day, that is why I am familiar with them,” he said.
Meyer had earlier accepted as evidence the pointing out of the scene by Tokwe.