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Gruesome 'muti' trial postponed

By unknown | Feb 22, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

The trial of eight men accused of hacking a cleaner to death, draining his blood and selling it for muti was postponed yesterday.

The accused appeared in the Circuit Court in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga.

The case that was scheduled to be heard from yesterday until tomorrow was postponed because one of the accused, Bongani Mnisi, 26, did not have legal representation.

The matter has now been scheduled for trial from October 15 to 17.

The eight suspects are accused of killing Thomas Mthimana Mathebula, 29, who worked as a cleaner at the Thulamahashe shopping complex, on the night of August 27 2005.

Mathebula was killed shortly after leaving the Matric's Tavern in Thulamahashe. A passer-by called the Mhala police after discovering Mathebula's body.

There are about 30 state witnesses, including high-profile business representatives.

Most of the witnesses claimed that police officials only informed them on Tuesday to be in court yesterday.

Matric Madalane, the owner of the tavern where Mathebula was drinking before he was killed, said that he was not officially informed that he was a witness until Tuesday.

"I know that according to the law I should have been informed that I was a state witness at least 14 days before the trial," Madalane said.

Mhala police spokesman Robert Makhubele said that he was not aware that some of the state witnesses were informed so late.

After Mathebula's body was discovered, members of the community allegedly cornered the last person to be seen with him and tied him to the railway lines at Edinburgh.

The angry residents threatened to let the train ride over him if he did not tell them what had happened to Mathebula.

Jonathan Gouws, 23, who formerly lived at a place for the homeless, allegedly confessed to the murder. He also implicated seven other men, including a former teacher, Boiki Ngobeni, 49.

Gouws allegedly admitted that after they killed Mathebula, they drew blood from him and some of the accused took it to a sangoma in Gauteng.

The other suspects are taxi owner Simon Khoza, 40, Bongani Khoza, 26, Fumani Moyana, 26, Manyathela Skhumbane, 49, Dingaan Mnisi, 21, and Canuel Godi, 20.

Bongani Khoza, Gouws, Mnisi and Godi were remanded.

Simon Khoza, Moyana, Skhumbane and Ngobeni were released on bail of R2000 each.


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