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Where's the sangoma, asks Jeppestown massacre judge

By unknown | Oct 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Dudu Busani

Dudu Busani

The disappearance of the sangoma in whose house the Jeppestown massacre occurred came into the spotlight yesterday.

Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng asked in the Johannesburg high court yesterday: "I'm curious as to where this sangoma is. Has she gone to live in Natal?

"Has she died? Why hasn't any of the accused called this sangoma to testify on their defence?"

Most of the 13 accused claim that they had gone to the house, where four policemen were gunned down, to consult with the sangoma.

In 2006, the accused allegedly robbed a Pick n Pay supermarket before engaging in a gun battle with the police at a house in Jeppestown. Four policemen and eight other people died.

Judge Mokgoatlheng enquired from the state and defence counsel why the sangoma, known only as Gogo, had not come to testify in court during the trial.

None of the two parties were able to explain or knew the whereabouts of the sangoma.

Judge Mokgoatlheng is expected to pass judgment this week.

Yesterday, both the state and defence began their closing arguments.

The accused are Maria Maleke, 29, Senzo Mweli, 26, Nkosinathi Mchunu, 31, Sizwe Mbuyazi, 25, Khumbulani Mabaso, 33, Sizwe Dlamini, 21, Sihle Mdunge, 25, Muzulelwa Vezi, 28, Siyanda Mngomezulu, 23, Linda Hlongwa, 22, Bekokwakhe Zulu, 28, Mkhonzeni Sesiba, 29, and Zinto Mqunu, 27 .


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