Serial killer case continues

THE trial of accused "Sugar Cane" serial killer Thozamile Taki and his girlfriend Hlengiwe Nene is expected to draw a huge turnout when it continues in the Ramsgate high court today.

The case, which is a trial within a trial, resumed last Thursday with the court calling on state witnesses from the South African Police Service to testify on the events of September 2007.

The court heard that Taki, pictured, led police to a crime scene to point out where his victims were.

Takis' lawyer, Thulani Shange, argued that the evidence used against his client was not obtained legally but through police brutality.

Taki proved to be "hands on" during court proceedings by either raising his hand or passing a note to his lawyer for clarification.

State witness and policeman Superintendent Bhekani Nala, who was ranked as a Captain in 2007, said: "Accused number 1 never complained of any pain or had visible injuries during the day of the pointing out."

Nala told the court that Taki gave directions to the various scenes and understood exactly what was happening.

Taki is charged with 13 accounts of murder and robbery, while Nene faces 13 accounts as accessory to robbery.

The court has heard the evidence of 87 witnesses.