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By unknown | Nov 13, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Dudu Busani

Dudu Busani

Mulalo Sivhidzho's murder trial continues to be marred by financial woes.

Sivhidzho is accused of hiring Ntabudzeni Matsenene and co-accused Arnold Sello to kill her husband Avhatakali Netshisaulu.

Yesterday, proceedings were delayed in the Johannesburg high court when Sivhidzho's legal counsel, Christo Meiring, told the court that he had not been paid.

"I do not want to withdraw from this case as such," Meiring said when asked if the Legal Aid Board should be contacted.

Further delays were caused when state prosecutor Maro Papachristoforous refused to continue with the trial unless the payment issue was resolved.

"In August we had the same problem and now again," she said.

"Is this going to be a monthly thing because it is unfair to the state, other accused and victim's family. I will not call any more witnesses until this is resolved."

After a brief meeting between the two parties in the judge's chambers an agreement was reached to order Sivhidzho to make a plan by today or contact the Legal Aid Board for a free lawyer.

In a trial-within-a-trial they all claim to have been tortured into confessing.

But police photographer Inspector Petros Niemand testified that when he took pictures of Matsenene for a pointing-out process, he had no injuries to show that he had been assaulted or tortured.

Inspector Titus Mogorosi also told the court that Matsenene was fine and well in the charge office.

Sivhidzho's murdered husband was the son of City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu.

He was burnt beyond recognition inside the boot of his car.


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