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By unknown | Nov 17, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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A looming divorce could have prompted the wife of murdered Limpopo pharmacist Andrew Tladi to hire hitmen to "scare him".

This has emerged in a confession by one of the alleged hit- men, Gilbert Makhobela, in the Middelburg circuit court.

Makhobela and three other accused, Eva Sithole, a sangoma; Samson Mogalaka, and Tladi's wife Kgomotso are appearing before Judge Nico Coetzee on charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, defeating the ends of justice and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

They have pleaded not guilty.

Their appearance follows the murder of Andrew Tladi in Marble Hall on December 3 2004.

In his confession, Makhobela stated that Kgomotso told them during one of the meetings that her husband had sold the family's flat, stopped her bank credit card and was on the verge of divorcing her.

Kgomotso, in her confession, said that she met Sithole in November last year in Mamelodi, Pretoria.

They discussed how to scare her husband.

Sithole said she knew people who could do the job for her.

She was then introduced to the three alleged hitmen, Mogalaka, Makhobela and Gustav Snyman, who has since turned state witness.

In her confession, she said on the day her husband was murdered she gave the hitmen R3000 to hire a car and drive toPolokwane.

Her husband was kidnapped, bundled into the boot of his car and later shot dead.

Police Superintendent Khwara Nengwekhulu, who led the investigating team, yesterday told the court that thorough investigations led them to Sithole.

After establishing a certain number on her cellphone, police visited Kgomotso, who told them it belonged to her boyfriend, who is only known as Isaac.

She told the police she wanted to know the people who killed her husband.

Nengwekhulu said they later established that the SIM card was registered in Mogalaka's name.

After further questioning, Sithole made a statement that implicated Kgomotso, who was then arrested.

Another state witness, JP Reyneke, a senior employee at Vodacom, yesterday told the court that during December 3 and 4 in 2004, Kgomotso had made a total of 28 calls to Mogalaka and 98 to Sithole.

The trial was postponed to March 26 because advocate Johan van Wyk, who appeared for Sithole and Tladi, and Advocate Ben Booysen for Mogalaka, requested more time to consult and take further instructions from their respective clients before they could cross- examine Nengwekhulu.


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