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By unknown | May 23, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kamogelo Seekoei and Sapa

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Mulalo Sivhidzo, the woman accused of murdering her husband Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the son of City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu, has been granted bail by the Johannesburg high court.

Sivhidzo was ordered to pay R15000 bail yesterday after she had appealed against a magistrate's ruling refusing her bail earlier this year.

Sivhidzo was arrested in December after her husband's charred body was found in his burnt-out Volkswagen Golf on the Old Pretoria Road near Muldersdrift.

Her lawyer Dolph Jonker said she would appear in the Krugersdorp magistrates' court on June 6 - facing charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery - along with her five co-accused.

According to Jonker the other accused - Ntambudzeni Mutsenene, 29, Sello Johannes Arnold, 28, Rodney Makhura, 37, Setshaba Fokane, 36, and Mashudu Mutobuvu, 30 - did not appeal the outcome of the original bail hearing and were still in custody.

"Bail was granted this morning for Mulalo and during the course of the day when she pays, she will be out," Jonker said.

Netshisaulu was apparently hijacked while driving from his North Riding home in Johannesburg to see a business partner in Honeydew at 8pm on December 7.

At the time Sivhidzo was quoted as saying: "I do not know anyone who would want him dead. He had no enemies."

Sivhidzo later blamed the police for responding late to her frantic calls for help.

Previously police had told the court that Sivhidzo and Mutsenene had confessed that Sivhidzo had hired Mutsenene to kill Netshisaulu because she stood to gain more financially from his death than from a divorce.

But Sivhidzo has contested her confession, saying she made it after police had assaulted her.


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