A doctor's wife who is accused of hiring a hitman to kill her husband appeared briefly before the Pretoria North magistrate's court yesterday.
Stella Ruby Kotze, 50, from Mpumalanga, has already pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
"The suspect allegedly hired a hitman to murder her husband, Dr Johan Kotze, in Middelburg last year," said police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi yesterday.
She was arrested at her home in Gholfsig after police received a tip-off about the conspiracy. Her frightened domestic worker alerted the police about her alleged plan after she had asked her to find a hitman.
Police believe that Mrs Kotze met the hitman in Pretoria where she allegedly unveiled her plan to him.
"We understand she told the hitman that she would switch off the main electric switch at her home so the husband could not open the gate using a remote control.
"This would force him to climb out of the car and open the gate manually, giving the hitman an opportunity to assassinate him," said Hlathi.
In her plea, Mrs Kotze said it was the domestic worker who approached her with a plan to kill her husband, and that she only played along because she wanted to catch the hitman. Her case was postponed to November 14 for trial, and her R2000 bail was extended pending her next court appearance.
The hitman was never arrested.