Busy day at the courts

2010-07-26 07:58

Three ongoing cases will resume in the Johannesburg Magistrates and High courts today; including that of mining magnate Brett Kebble’s 2005 murder, the May assault of one-year-old baby Marzaan Kruger and her minder, and the man allegedly responsible for driving the car in which former president Nelson Mandela’s great granddaughter Zenani Mandela died in a June crash.

Kebble murder trial
The murder trial of mining magnate Brett Kebble was scheduled to start in the Johannesburg High Court today, almost five years after he was killed.

The accused is convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti, who was the State’s main witness against ex-top cop Jackie Selebi, who has been convicted of corruption.

The Kebble murder trial was only starting now because the State first wanted to wrap up the Selebi trial, in which Agliotti played a key role.

But today’s trial was set to kick off with a new State prosecutor, Advocate Daniel Dakana, after the previous prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, was taken off the case.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga could not immediately confirm reports this morning that more charges had been added to the indictment sheet.

Talk Radio 702 reported that Agliotti would also face charges of conspiracy to murder some of Kebble’s business rivals and another charge of attempted murder related to the shooting of Allan Gray executive Stephen Mildenhall.

Kebble was shot dead in his car in Melrose, Johannesburg, on the night of September 27, 2005.

Agliotti stated after his arrest for Kebble’s murder that it was an assisted suicide.

Alleged Kruger assailants to appear in court
The two men accused of brutally assaulting baby Marzaan Kruger and her minder, Francina Sekhu, were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court today.

The case against Nelson Maphosa and Gerald Nyantumbo was postponed in June because the State was still waiting for DNA and fingerprint reports.
The pair was denied bail in May.

Kruger and Sekhu were assaulted in a house robbery at the Kruger family home in Robindale, Randburg in northern Johannesburg in April.
The baby lost her sight as a result of the attack.

Police were still looking for a third man who was believed to have been part of the attack.

Crash driver in Zenani Mandela case appears
The man driving the car when Zenani Mandela died was due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court today.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said in a cellphone text message that Sizwe Mankazana, 23, would appear in Court room 4.

Mankazana faces charges of drunk driving and culpable homicide after 13-year-old Zenani Zanethemba Nomasonto Mandela was killed in a car crash after the World Cup opening concert in Soweto.

She was the great granddaughter of Nelson Mandela and the granddaughter of Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Mankazana is the son of Zwelakhe Mankazana, who is in a relationship with Zindzi.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation had said previously that Mankazana junior was the driver of the car when it crashed.

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