It was a day of high drama in court during the trial of a Limpopo pharmacist's widow implicated in his murder.
There was an arrest even before the Middelburg high court heard yesterday that Kgomotso Tladi, 33, was paid R2,6million from one of her husband's life insurance policies. Her co-accused Samson Mogalaka, 38, was arrested in connection with the murder of a policeman during a robbery in Midrand on March 15.
Tladi, Mogalaka, Eva Sithole, 45, and Gilbert Makhobela, 44, are charged with the murder of Andrew Tladi who was kidnapped and shot inside the boot of his car in Marble Hall on December 3 2004.
The fifth accused Gustav Snyman, 19, turned state witness.
Tladi also told the court that she paid the three alleged hitmen R3500 each.
The accused also face charges of kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, defeating the ends of justice and unlawful possession of a firearm.
They have all pleaded not guilty before Judge Nico Coetzee.
Cross-examined by state prosecutor Thembani Maenga, Tladi said R2,6 million was paid by a life insurance company into her banking account after her husband's murder.
She could not remember the balance in her bank account before this payment.
Maenga put it to her that her balance between December 1-4 2004 was negative. He said that she had agreed to pay each of the alleged hit men R150000 knowing that she was going to be paid a lump sum of money after her husband's murder.
Tladi denied having promised each of the men R150000 after her husband's murder.
Asked why she earlier confessed to this to a magistrate, she said it was possible the magistrate had erred.
She denied having instructed the three men to kill her husband because he did not want to return to his family in Pretoria. Tladi said she only instructed them to threaten him "by slapping him and make it appear to be a robbery".
"I did not instruct them to [seriously] injure or kill him," she said.
This contradicted her earlier confession that stated she told the three to threaten the victim, injure him and steal some of his possessions to make it look like a robbery.
In the confession she also said she and the three alleged murderers agreed on a payment of R150000 each after the job.
Yesterday Tladi said she gave them R500 for their scouting trip to her husband's residence in Polokwane.
"I gave them R3000 for the second trip and told them it was all I had."
The trial was adjourned early on emotional grounds because Sithole was unable to testify after her brother's death on Monday night.
The trial continues today.