Father’s sight of burnt son recapped

2010-12-02 12:07

The events leading to former City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu seeing the charred body of his son inside the boot of a burnt-out car were recapped in the Johannesburg High Court today.

In handing down judgment in the murder case, Judge Naren Pandya read out Tsedu’s testimony on how he arrived at the burnt-out car in Nooitgedacht, Johannesburg, on the evening of December 7, 2006.

Tsedu’s testimony formed part of the trial of his son’s widow Mulalo Sivhidzo, Ntambudzeni Matzhenene and Arnold Sello for the murder, robbery and kidnapping of Avhatakali Netshisaulu.

Tsedu had told the court he arrived at the scene where he found many cars and parked before walking towards a burnt car. He asked a police officer to get closer as his son was apparently inside. He walked towards the car and looked inside.

Tsedu said at some point he looked into the window of the boot and saw what looked like a burnt human being.

He described seeing the burnt body’s leg, arms and an equally burnt head.

Tsedu then looked for Sivhidzo, but could not find her. He started walking back to his car and met up with his wife and his son’s mother, Dzudzanani Netshisaulu. He advised her not to get closer to the car as he had seen something.

He then saw Sivhidzo who walked towards him and hugged him.

Tsedu had also told the court he had a good relationship with his son, to the extent that his other son used to say they were business partners.

Judgment continues.

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