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IN THE three weeks she spent under cross-examination, alleged husband killer Mulalo Sivhidzho contradicted herself 220 times.
This was the state's submission in its closing argument on Sivhidzho's trial-within-a-trial where she wants her warning statement, in which she admitted to murdering her husband Avhatakali Netshisaulu, dismissed as evidence by the Johannesburg high court.
Sivhidzho has spent four weeks on the witness stand, three of them being cross-examined on her claims that on the day of her arrest, she was locked into an office by four senior police officers who tortured her by suffocating her with a surgical glove, resulting in her confessing.
"I have counted 120 contradictions and that is only between her evidence-in-chief and versions put to witnesses. There were further 100 contradictions between her bail application affidavit and her evidence in court," said prosecutor Advocate Maro Papachristoforou.
Papachristoforou further argued that the accused had failed to prove her case that she was tortured into confessing.
"The state's case has been left unchallenged. There were three state witnesses, police officers, who corroborated each other and were never discredited, she could not bring even one witness to say otherwise. She is the only witness in her case and it is not good enough for an accused to stand in the box and put versions that are unsubstantiated. Her word is not good enough," Papachristoforou said.
On February 1 next year, presiding judge Naren Pandya is expected to make a ruling on whether the statement, in which Sivhidzho admitted to conspiring with co-accused Ntambudzeni Matsenene to kill her husband, will be used against her in the trial.