Murder accused hid his crime record

Gershwin Chuenyane

Gershwin Chuenyane

A man has had his bail revoked for lying to the Soshanguve magistrates' court about his past criminal convictions.

He allegedly played a major role in a case of conspiracy to murder.

The court withdrew Benny Kekana's R8000 bail after finding him guilty of perjury. It was discovered that his criminal record stretched from 1961 to 1998.

Kekana and his co-accused, Maleeto Moloto and Bob Mkhwebane, face a charge of murder.

The trio allegedly conspired to murder Moloto's husband, Johannes Seema, earlier this year.

Kekana and Moloto were arrested on September 25 and the alleged hitman, Mkhwebane, was arrested the next day.

Mkhwebane had handed himself in and made a formal confession about the murder.

It is alleged that Kekana, who was having an affair with Moloto, hired Mkhwebane, an Umkhonto we Sizwe veteran, to kill Seema.

Moloto is out on R15000 bail. Mkhwebane did not apply for bail, saying he feared for his life.

Kekana is alleged to have given Mkhwebane a firearm and ammunition to do the job.

Kekana allegedly transported them to Seema's house, where Seema was shot and killed.

Mkhwebane put his body in the boot of Seema's car and dumped it in the bush. Kekana allegedly provided the petrol that was used to burn Seema's body.

The crime would have gone unnoticed except that Mkhwebane, a hostel dweller, did not get Seema's car and house as promised. He spilt the beans.

The case has been postponed to January to set a high court date.