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Blind 'killer' pleads for legal assistance

By unknown | Oct 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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A 76-year-old blind Soweto pensioner accused of killing a man has pleaded with the courts to assist him with a state lawyer because he "is poor".

Thulasizwe Dladla entered court 13 of the Protea magistrate's court led by an orderly. He was not asked to plead and was released into the care of his sister-in-law yesterday.

Dladla is accused of killing Jabulani Danisa, 35, his guide of more than a year. He allegedly stabbed him four times with a flick knife.

"He told us that the man was robbing him," his sister-in-law Edna Dladla said "He says he felt the man frisking his pockets. He took out his knife and stabbed him."

A reliable source informed Sowetan that the two men were drinking sorghum beer at Dladla's place in the early hours of last Thursday when Dladla allegedly plunged the knife into Danisa's body, resulting in his death on Tuesday.

"They started singing when they got drunk," the source said. "His (Dladla's) sister-in-law reprimanded them.

"She told Jabulani to leave because it was 1.30am but he returned. He allegedly pushed the door open because Dladla had not locked it.

"Jabulani allegedly started searching Dladla's pockets. A quarrel ensued. Dladla always keeps a knife with him to cut anything he eats into smaller pieces because he does not have teeth. He reached for the knife and stabbed Danisa.

"He was admitted to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. He died on Tuesday and Dladla was arrested yesterday (Wednesday)."

The incident happened last Wednesday morning but Danisa only died on Tuesday, leading to Dladla's arrest on Wednesday.

Dladla and Danisa have been described as "best friends". Sources said Dladla normally sent Danisa to collect his eye medication.

Another source close to the Danisa family said his sister (Danisa's) had come to fetch him last month to go and live with her in Alexandra in northern Johannesburg, but Dladla had refused.

The source said: "He (Dladla) told Fikile (Danisa's sister) that he would not be able to take his guide Jabulani with him and would have no one to fetch his eye care medication."

Dladla was brought to court by investigating officer Inspector Mafa Saliwa. Dladla had his walking stick.

The case was postponed to October 10.


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