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By unknown | Feb 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

"You don't have a case against my client," the lawyer for one of the alleged killers of the son of the editor of City Press, Mathatha Tsedu, said yesterday.

Dolph Jonker told the court that the name of his client, Mulalo Sivhidzo, was not mentioned once in the seven-page confession on which the the state was basing its case.

Sivhidzo is accused of being the mastermind behind the brutal killing of her husband, Avhatakali Netshisaulu, 31, on December 7.

She was appearing for the fourth time in the Krugersdorp magistrates' court yesterday in her attempt to get bail. Jonker suggested bail of between R5000 and R10000 for Sivhidzo.

He told the court that the state had a weak case against Sivhidzo and accused it of trying to delay and frustrate the judicial system.

Yesterday another relative offered Sivhidzo a place to stay in Johannesburg. This was after a police official testified that it had not yet been determined whether she would be allowed to stay at police barracks in Sophiatown with another relative, which is the address that was submitted on Friday.

The court also heard that Sivhidzo's suspension from her job was only effective while she was in detention.

Jonker said his client was not a flight risk because the public knew her face from media photographs and she did not have the means to abscond.

During a five-minute adjournment Sivhidzo appeared to be in a state of panic and close to tears as she spoke to Jonker.

The case was postponed to tomorrow and Sivhidzo and her five co-accused remain in custody.


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