A man accused of being the hitman in the death of a Sebokeng man will appear in court today in a trial that involves the dead man's wife.
But Tshokolo Masakale, 24, is being tried alone because Refiloe Maredi, 35, his co-accused and the widow of the dead man, died in custody in January.
The two were accused of killing Masole Maredi, 43. His widow died at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital after being transferred there from by Johannesburg Prison where she had been held.
The state alleges that Refiloe Maredi paid Masakale R10000 to kill her husband.
Maredi was shot and killed at his Sebokeng home on September 30 2003.
Two firearms were allegedly used during the shooting. The state insists that both firearms were used by Masakale, who had allegedly waited inside Maredi's garage and shot him several times when he arrived that night.
Maredi was shot and killed in his vehicle. His wife was inside the house at the time.