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'Police tortured me to confess'

By Dudu Busani | Oct 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ALLEGED husband killer Mulalo Sivhidzho says she believed she would be killed if she did notconfess to the crime.

ALLEGED husband killer Mulalo Sivhidzho says she believed she would be killed if she did notconfess to the crime.

"I complied because I was in pain and believed that ultimately they would kill me. What I experienced was something I'd never heard of or witnessed in my entire life," she said yesterday.

Sivhidzho was testifying in a trial-within-a-trial in which she claims she was tortured into admitting that she killed her husband Avhatakali Netshisaulu in 2006. She wants the confession thrown out as evidence against her.

She told the Johannesburg high court that after being told she was a suspect, she was taken to a police station in Germiston and locked up in a boardroom with police officers.

"Inspector Mashudu Ramaite took one of the chairs, put it in the centre of the room and told me to sit. With a surgical glove in his one hand, he told me to start talking. I did not know what to say. He then pulled out another glove, ordered one of the officers to hold my hands back while he pulled the glove up my chin all the way to the back of my head," she said.

When she put up a struggle by kicking, another policeman was ordered to hold her feet.

"I was struggling to breathe and fell to the floor now and again. My skirt would be pulled up and I would be left half naked. A policewoman performed the task of pulling my skirt up. I don't know where I got the strength but I struggled with them so much that one of them had to sit on top of me.

"The same procedure was performed numerous times. They only took the glove off my face for a few seconds to allow me to breath.

"Eventually it took longer for them to remove the glove. I think it was because I was not crying, I don't know why I was not crying," Sivhidzho said.

Throughout the alleged torture Ramaite quizzed her about her marriage, saying he knew that it was troubled and that her husband had married her in community of property.

"He suggested that my husband did not love me," she said.

Sivhidzho allegedly conspired with her co-accused Ntabudzeni Matsenene in hiring Arnold Sello and six other men to kill her husband, the son of former newspaper editor Mathatha Tsedu. The trial continues.


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