Dube murder accused 'nonsensical'

Dudu Busani

Dudu Busani

Judgment in the Lucky Dube murder trial is still in its early stages, but the presiding judge has already referred to the three accused's evidence as "nonsensical and perplexing".

Johannesburg high court Judge Seun Moshidi's remarks were welcomed with sighs of relief from the musician's relatives, including his wife Zanele and two children Bongi and Thokozani.

By the end of the day on Friday, Judge Moshidi had not touched on Dube's case. He had only reviewed evidence regarding two hijackings the accused committed before allegedly killing Dube.

Judge Moshidi was reviewing evidence in the trial against Sifiso Mhlanga, 33, Julius Gxowa, 31, and Mbuti Mabe, 29, who claim that police had influenced a man they allegedly hijacked before killing Dube to identify them in a parade.

"The claim is that after the identity parade was conducted, the police asked to see the men Godfrey Mlaba had pointed out. Mlaba denied these nonsensical assertions," he said.

The three allegedly hijacked Mlaba a few days before Dube's murder. His Mercedes Benz was found at Mhlanga and Gxowa's home the day they were arrested.

They pleaded not guilty to that and claimed that Mlaba pointed them out during the parade because he had seen them when they appeared in court a few days earlier.

"My question is, if you had not stolen Mlaba's car, how do you know that he was in court on that day, how did you recognise him?" Moshidi asked before referring to that claim as perplexing.

Mhlanga, Gxowa and Mabe have pleaded not guilty to murdering Dube in a botched hijacking in October 2007.