Widow breaks down

2010-12-03 13:23

The widow of former City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu’s son, Avhatakali Netshisaulu, who is standing trial for his murder, broke down in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg today.

Mulalo Sivhidzo started weeping silently as Judge Naren Pandya recapped her testimony on how she asked firefighters to look for her husband at the scene of a burnt-out VW City Golf in Honeydew on the evening of December 7, 2006.

Pandya was into the fifth day of reading his judgment.

As he read out the account of the last communication Sivhidzo had with her husband, and how she knew her co-accused Ntambudzeni Matzhenene, the sounds of sniffing grew louder in the dock.

In her testimony Sivhidzo had told the court she and a friend, together with her young sister-in-law, spotted a burning car while searching for her husband.

Netshisaulu had apparently earlier called his wife to alert her of two cars following him.

Pandya continued recapping the testimony until he adjourned for lunch.

Sivhidzo and Matzhenene, together with Arnold Sello are being tried for the murder, robbery and kidnapping of Netshisaulu.

She is accused of having hired the men to kill her husband.

Netshisaulu’s charred body was found in the boot of his car. He had been tied up and bundled into it before it was set alight.

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