The Johannesburg high court yesterday heard how the shooting of popular Soweto attorney Isaac Ramotsela was premeditated and planned to the end.
Nkosinathi Zungu, 32, on trial for the lawyer's murder. He told the court in a written statement that Ramotsela's relationship with the mother of his children, Fundi Ganda, led to his actions. Zungu shot Ganda on the same day.
Zungu and co-accused Tshepo Sonai have been charged with murder, attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
In February, the two men allegedly drove to Ramotsela's home in Diepkloof, Soweto, where they found Ramotsela and Ganda in a car parked in the street. Zungu admitted in court that he shot the couple with an R5 rifle.
"The plan was to shoot them in the legs, not to kill them. I was hurt when I found out they were lovers. When I told my friend, Sonai, about my feelings, he suggested that I shoot them in the legs so they'd be paralysed and stop their relationship," said Zungu.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition, but said he had not bought the R5 rifle with the intention to kill anyone. He said he had bought it to protect his business.
Ganda was unable to testify because she is in severe pain from injuries she sustained when Zungu shot her.