Murder suspects become witnesses

THE two men arrested for the alleged racist murder of Malawian national Mkwinda Makanjira Adam in Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort Dam, have turned State witness

Adam, 51, was bludgeoned to death by an alleged racist white man with a piece of a pole last Sunday evening.

He was waiting at a farm store in Broederstroom for some congregants to pick him up on their way to a prayer service.

The two, aged 23 and 26, were in the company of the murderer of Adam. They were arrested on Monday and appeared in the Brits magistrate's court on Wednesday on a murder charge.

The court released them after they put the blame on the outstanding suspect and offered to be witnesses for the state, according to Brigadier Tulane Nubian of North West provincial police.

He also confirmed that the alleged killer was still at large and an intense manhunt has been launched for him.

The suspect allegedly fled the scene of the gruesome murder the same day about 6.30pm.

Ngubane said police had confiscated the suspect's VW Citi Golf in Johannesburg. It was allegedly being driven by his girlfriend who made a statement that she did not know his whereabouts.

The man allegedly picked up a pole in the dark and attacked Adam who died at the scene, still clutching his Bible which he tried to use as a shield.

By then his two friends had allegedly moved back in the direction of the pub.