Mulalo Sivhidzho was an emotional wreck when she made a statement to the police about her husband's death.
Superintendent Primrose Ngcobo, the police officer who took a statement from her, said she was shocked the following day to discover that Sivhidzho might have killed her husband when her boss told her to record a statement from her.
"We sat and talked about normal things and I offered her tea at the police station. The next day I was called to the station by my superior who tasked me with taking a statement from a suspect. I was shocked when I walked in and found that it was the same woman," Ngcobo said.
She was testifying in the South Gauteng high court yesterday in Sivhidzho's trial-within-a-trial. Sivhidzho wants the statement Ngcobo took from her thrown out of court, claiming she was tortured and beaten into confessing.
If Sivhidzho's statement is admitted as evidence, it will form part of the state's case against her. She and co-accused Ntambudzeni Matsenene allegedly hired the third accused, Arnold Sello, and other men to kill her husband Avhatakali Netshisaulu in 2006.
Netshisaulu, the son of former City Press editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu, was found burnt beyond recognition inside the boot of his car. This was soon after he had phoned Sivhidzho to say he was being followed by unknown cars.
Matsenene was Netshisaulu's childhood friend and business partner. He was on his way to meet him when he was murdered in 2007.