SA artist will plead not guilty to murder

2013-06-20 09:00

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South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa will plead not guilty to murder.

This is according to Mthethwa’s sworn affidavit, made after his arrest on May 5 after the fatal beating of a woman on the street in Cape Town on April 13, Die Burger reported today.

The celebrated 52-year-old artist said in his affadavit he was working in America when he learned that the police wanted to question him in connection with the death of the woman.

“I immediately arranged with my lawyers that I would return to South Africa, where I handed myself over to the investigating officer,” he said.

Mthethwa is accused of having stopped his car on Friday April 13, at approximately 2.40am, in Ravenscraig Street in Woodstock, said police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk.

“He climbed out of his car, walked over to the woman and then repeatedly hit and kicked her until she was dead,” Van Wyk told Die Burger.

Police said Mthethwa then climbed back into his car and drove away. The incident was captured on closed circuit television cameras. Van Wyk said an eye witness had also positively identified Mthethwa as the attacker.

The dead woman is believed to be a sex worker. Police have told both City Press and Die Burger that her identity is not yet known.

After returning home and submitting himself to the police investigation, Mthethwa was arrested for murder and appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court on May 6, where he was released on R100 000 bail.

“I will deny guilt on all charges,” reads Mthethwa’s affadavit. The state lodged no objection to Mthethwa being granted bail.

His passport was confiscated, but it was indicated that it could be returned to him should he need to travel internationally for work. The only condition was that he informed the investigating officer of his travel plans in advance.

The case is still being investigated and Mthethwa will appear in court again on August 26.

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