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Court to decide today on mayor's bid for bail in his deputy's killing case

By unknown | Aug 21, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

The Evander magistrates' court will today decide on the suspended executive mayor of Govan Mbeki Municipality's bail application.

Sipho Nkosi, 40, a former school principal, was implicated in the murder of his deputy Thandi Mtsweni, 43, by the alleged assassination mastermind, Sibongile Lukhele, 32.

Nkosi's bail application was heard on Friday by the Mpumalanga court but the magistrate, Daan Senekal, postponed the case to today.

On Friday, the court heard how Lukhele and Mtsweni had allegedly attempted to kill Nkosi because Mtsweni wanted his mayoral post.

According to advocate Salie Joubert, for Nkosi, the state has a weak case against his client.

The court will also hear Lukhele's bail application today. The investigating officer in the case described Lukhele as a "very dangerous woman" who conspired with outsiders.

Lukhele claimed in her statement that Nkosi had paid her R30000 in R50 notes at the Nando's chicken outlet in Secunda for the murder of Mtsweni.

The three alleged hitmen will apply for bail tomorrow. Themba Ntombela, 30, Neo Moloi and Skhosipi Gwala, 42, were allegedly organised by another accused, Madoda Nkambule, an Ekurhuleni taxi boss taxi, after he was approached by Lukhele.

The three were arrested at Jeppe Hostel in Johannesburg.

Scores of both supporters of the dead deputy mayor and the suspended executive mayor have been holding separate demonstrations outside the court since the case began.


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