THE Johannesburg high court has found Samson Matsha, the man who allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend by burning her with acid, not guilty on all charges.
Judge Jeff Tshabalala said there was a lack of evidence linking Matsha to the attack.
"The court does not say you did not do it," the judge said. "The finding is merely that there is insufficient evidence that says you are the perpetrator."
Matsha had been accused of murdering Rachel Morapedi in 2008. She had just got off a taxi outside her gate in Ivory Park, Ekurhuleni, when someone poured acid all over her and fled while she screamed for help.
She died in the Thembisa Hospital a month later.
Matsha, a security guard, was arrested two days later. He had burn wounds on his right hand, and according to the arresting officer, a T-shirt and a jacket with burn marks and an acid smell were found in his washing basket.
The state relied on three witnesses, Flora Mokasi, a neighbour, and the deceased's siblings Dalton and Neria Morapedi, who all testified that before she died the deceased had told them that Matsha was the attacker.
But a statement Neria made to the police after the incident contradicted her testimony.
She testified that her sister had told her she could not say whether her attacker was male or female. Because of the burning pain she could not see the attacker's face.
Matsha's supervisor said that on the night of the attack he (Matsha) was on duty about 30km from where the deceased lived.
He only knocked off the next morning.