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FORMER Orlando Pirates striker Mandla Sithole did not intend to kill Thulani Ndlovu but wanted to scare him.
Sithole's lawyer, Jurg Huysamen, told the Roodepoort magistrate's court yesterday that his client swung the knife in front of Ndlovu to "keep him away".
"It was during this roving scene that he (Ndlovu) was stabbed," he said.
Huysamen said when Sithole realised that Ndlovu, 31, was injured he reversed his car and asked people who were around to help him get the wounded man into the car.
"The accused will further tell the court that at no stage had he intended to kill Ndlovu," he said.
Sithole, 46, is accused of stabbing Ndlovu of Dobsonville, Soweto, to death on May 24 last year after he failed to pay back R100 he owed Sithole.
When Ndlovu told him he did not have the money Sithole allegedly grabbed him by the neck, took out a knife and stabbed him in the chest.
Huysamen said after Sithole had taken Ndlovu's battery charger - which he intended to keep until he got his money - he went to his car but Ndlovu followed him demanding it back.
He said Sithole was about to sit down in his car when Ndlovu slammed the door and hit him on the shoulder.
"This is what caused the argument. The accused tried to block Ndlovu and that is when they grabbed each other."
Some of Ndlovu's relatives burst into tears and left the court while Huysamen was giving Sithole's version of what happened.
But Sithole's account was repudiated by state witness Mpho Mngadi, who told the court that after Sithole had stabbed Ndlovu he drove away but came back.
"When he came back he (Sithole) lifted his T-shirt and said 'let me see how I stabbed him'. He then said it was a small wound," Mngadi said.
The case continues on June 4.