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'I was scared my cheating hubby would leave me'

By Dudu Busani-Dube | Feb 03, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

MULALO Sivhidzho's husband was cheating on her and she was afraid he was going to leave her.

MULALO Sivhidzho's husband was cheating on her and she was afraid he was going to leave her.

Sivhidzho is on trial in the Johannesburg high court for the murder of her husband, Avhatakali Netshisaulu, who was the son of former newspaper editor Mathatha Tsedu.

"We were married out of community of property," she said.

She had told the police in a statement submitted to the court as record yesterday that that was why she conspired to kill her husband.

"Ntabudzeni asked me how life was at home. I told him things were bad, that my husband always came home late and received many text messages from women. That hurt me," she said.

Ntabudzeni Matsenene is Sivhidzho's co-accused and the man she allegedly conspired with in hiring people to kill Netshisaulu in December 2006.

Contrary to Matsenene's version, that she approached him and offered to pay R4000 for the killing, the alleged black widow said he flooded her with phone calls suggesting that they kill her husband.

"He said he would help me sort the problem out and suggested that we kill my husband," she said.

"I was shocked, but he said everything would be under control and nobody would know, so I agreed.

"On December 6 Ntabudzeni phoned to say everything had been finalised and they would kill my husband the next day. I said that was fine.

"On that day my husband left home in the evening to meet Ntabudzeni. After 15 minutes he phoned, saying there were two cars following him and that he was thinking of coming back home. I was scared by then. I phoned him after a few minutes and his phone was off. I decided to call the police because I realised what I was doing was wrong I was scared," she said.

Sivhidzho said family friends and relatives arrived to help her look for Netshisaulu. She drove around Honeydew with a family friend looking for her husband.

"I made him drive around Honeydew but was scared to take him to the right place. Ntabudzeni had told me where they were going to kill him," she said.

Witnesses testified that when Sivhidzho eventually arrived at the scene to find her husband's car in flames, she screamed: "My husband is in the boot."

Netshisaulu's charred remains were in fact found in the boot of the burnt-out car.

Arnold Sello, the man who allegedly carried out the murder with about six others, described how Netshisaulu was battered over the head with bricks and forced to give out his bank card PIN code before the car was set alight.


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