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MULALO Sivhidzho murdered her husband because he had a lot of money - and she wanted it - according to the man she allegedly hired to do the killing.
"She promised to pay me R4000 for the job. I never received my money. When I called her the phone was off," said Ntabudzeni Matsenene in a statement he made to the police.
Matsenene's statement was the first to be read out in the Johannesburg high court after Judge Naren Pandya admitted statements by all three accused as evidence in the trial.
Sivhidzho, Matsenene and co-accused Arnold Sello had tried in vain to have their statements thrown out of court, claiming they were tortured by police into confessing to the crime.
In 2006 they allegedly conspired to murder Sivhidzho's husband, Avhatakali Netshisaulu, by hiring men to hijack, rob and burn him alive in the boot of his car.
Matsenene's seven-page statement describes how after meeting Sivhidzho just once, he was shocked to get a call from her asking for a meeting.
"We met at the Spar on a Saturday. She came in a taxi. She told me she wanted to kill her husband and needed my help. I refused, but she persisted.
"When I asked why she wanted to kill him she said it's because he had a lot of money, and she wanted it."
He said after the meeting, he went to the Zandspruit informal settlement where he organised two Zimbabwean men, Shadrack and Abel.
"Mulalo said she would organise three men on her own."
On December 7 2006 Matsenene and Sivhidzho arranged to meet at a garage close to Zandspruit, with each of them bringing their own hitmen.
Sivhidzho arrived in her husband's car with two men.
"She then told us she was going back home to give him the car so he could come this side where the hitmen would attack him."
Netshisaulu was supposed to meet Matsenene at the same garage that afternoon but was found dead inside the boot of the car.
The trial continues.