State witness did odd jobs for ‘killer’ couple

2011-07-26 16:40

A state witness in the murder trial of a former manager at the Naledi municipality and her husband said he sometimes did odd jobs for the couple.

Sabata Potele was, for example, asked to get a witchdoctor to cleanse the Mokgothu couple’s house, the Bloemfontein High Court heard today.

Potele testified that he was aware that Naledi mayor Motlatsi Motloi might be killed and wanted to blow the whistle, but did not do so.

Potele said he was the initial link between convicted assassin Senowe Khaka and the Mokgothus – Caroline, a former manager at the Naledi municipality, and her husband, James.

The couple face a charge of murder, alternatively conspiracy to commit a crime, following the death of Motloi. The then mayor was shot dead on May 3 last year in front of his house in Wepener, Free State.

Potele did not say why he failed to expose the murder plot before Motloi’s death.

Khaka, a Lesotho resident, admitted that he had killed Motloi.

He has been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment. Khaka testified that Potele, who is a former employee of the Naledi municipality, recruited him to kill Motloi and introduced him to Caroline Mokgothu.

Asked whether Potele gave Khaka any instruction regarding Motloi, Potele said he only showed Khaka the mayor’s house and told him that Motloi travelled at night.

Judge President H.M. Musi is hearing the matter. The trail continues.

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