'Cellphone calls were recorded'

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

A senior member of the Limpopo police investigating the murder of a Limpopo pharmacist, Andrew Tladi, is expected to testify in the Middelburg circuit court today.

The trial resumes this morning after an adjournment on Tuesday after his widow, Kgomotso, submitted a confession relating to the murder.

She admitted having hired three hitmen at a fee of R150000 each "to only scare" her husband to abandon his job in Limpopo and return to their home in Pretoria.

After Kgomotso's confession, the state reduced its witnesses from 19 to two.

Kgomotso Tladi, Eva Sithole, Samson Mogalaka and Gilbert Makhobela have pleaded not guilty before Judge Nico Coetzee to charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, defeating the ends of justice and unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Another state witness expected to take the stand today is a senior Vodacom employee who is expected to provide testimony concerning cellphone calls and messages allegedly made by the accused at the time of Tladi's gruesome murder.

The slain Tladi was a senior manager in the Limpopo Department of Health and Social Services. He was allegedly kidnapped in Polokwane, bundled into his car and later shot and killed while inside the car's boot in 2004.