THE prosecution in the murder trial of Mulalo Sivhidzho has applied for permission to use the confessions of her co-accused against her.
State prosecutor Maro Papachristoforou was expected to close her case after the last state witness testified yesterday.
"I cannot close the state's case until after the court hears and rules on the application for hearsay evidence to be used against the accused," she said.
The court will hear arguments by the state and the defence today.
If Judge Narend Pandya rules in favour of the state evidence by co-accused Ntabudzeni Matsenene that, among other things, Sivhidzho paid five hitmen to kill her husband will work against her.
Sivhidzho, Matsenene and Arnold Sello are on trial for the 2006 murder of Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the son of former newspaper editor Mathatha Tsedu.
They all confessed to being part of the murder plot shortly after they were arrested, but changed their tune during the trial, saying they had been tortured and forced by the police to make confessions.
Sivhidzho said the idea of killing her husband was Matsenene's after she confided in him about Netshisaulu's infidelity.
Matsenene said Sivhidzho told him she wanted her husband dead because he had a lot of money and she wanted it.
He said she then offered him R4000 to commit the murder.
Sello said he was with the men who did the actual killing, but all he did was take Netshisaulu's cellphone and wallet.
"I don't know why the man was killed but I remember that the previous day there was a woman who met with the man I was with at the garage and said she did not love her husband anymore," he said in the statement.
Netshisaulu was found burnt to death in the boot of his car soon after he phoned Sivhidzho to say he was being followed by two suspicious cars.
He was on his way to meet Matsenene in Honeydew, western Joburg.