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By unknown | Mar 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ntwaagae Seleka

Ntwaagae Seleka

An alleged hitman, who two days ago escaped from the Vereeniging circuit court where he faces a murder charge, is still on the run.

On Monday Orlando Mandoza, 32, who was out on bail, left the court during a recess to consult his lawyer but did not return after the adjournment.

Mandoza, Tinky Sophie Mojapelo, 38, and her friend Antoinette Mkhensani, 36, have been accused of murdering Albert Matududu Mojapelo, 47, a day before he was to receive a retirement package of more than R1million in 2005. Tinky is his widow.

Investigating officer Captain Friccah Masilela yesterday told Judge Kathy Satchwell that his team was working hard to re-arrest Mandoza, a Mozambican national. A warrant of arrest had been issued.

The three are accused of kidnapping and killing Mojapelo, who was shot execution style at Orange Farm, Vaal, on September 28 2005.

He was allegedly kidnapped from his home in Hillshaven, Westonaria, on the West Rand by Mandoza and two other men. They drove him in his four-wheel-drive vehicle to open veld, where he was shot in the head with his hands tied behind his back.

Yesterday Mojapelo and Mkhensani appeared in court without an attorney despite being ordered on Monday by Satchwell to do so.

The two women claimed that they had only met their attorney, Dannie Koen, on Monday afternoon and that he was unable to attend court yesterday.

Satchwell said: "You face serious charges. If convicted you could go go to jail for life. My concern is that you are out on bail and you think that this case will be postponed again and again."

She also wanted to know why Mandoza had been granted bail last year when Masilela was not present.

The women's bail has been extended until today and the case continues tomorrow.


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