Sivhidzho denies she vanished

MURDER ACCUSED: Mulalo
Sivhidzho in court yesterday. Pic: Antonio Muchave. 11/03/2010. © Sowetan.
MURDER ACCUSED: Mulalo Sivhidzho in court yesterday. Pic: Antonio Muchave. 11/03/2010. © Sowetan.

MULALO Sivhidzho has denied claims by her mother-in-law that she disappeared for an hour at a shopping mall on the day her husband was killed.

MULALO Sivhidzho has denied claims by her mother-in-law that she disappeared for an hour at a shopping mall on the day her husband was killed.

"I never disappeared. There was no stage at which I left the store without her. We walked in together and left together," she told the Johannesburg high court yesterday.

Sivhidzho is charged with the murder of her husband Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the son of former newspaper editor Mathatha Tsedu.

In December 2007 she allegedly conspired with her husband's childhood friend, Ntabudzeni Matsenene, to hire co-accused Sello Arnold and six other men to kidnap, rob and burn Netshisaulu alive in the boot of his car.

Sivhidzho dismissed her mother-in-law Dzudzanani Netshisaulu's testimony as untrue.

Netshisaulu testified that Sivhidzho had begged her to accompany her to Northgate Mall on the night her son was killed.

She said they went to a supermarket and later to Edgars, where the widow took five clothing items and disappeared for about an hour.

Sivhidzho disputed this.

"We spent about 15 minutes at Edgars. I was in the fitting room. I did not take the clothes because they did not fit me," she said.

Sivhidzho also denied Netshisaulu's claims that when they returned to the parking lot the widow's car was no longer where they had left it.

"When we entered the mall we used escalators but when we left we used the lift. We approached the car from a different direction," she said.

Sivhidzho denied having Matsenene's contact numbers before the murder, and said she first met Arnold when they appeared in court.

The trial continues.

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