Wife identified charred body as husband

2010-12-01 15:08

Mulalo Sivhidzo told Krugersdorp firefighters that the charred corpse in the boot of a burnt-out car was her husband, the High Court in Johannesburg has heard.

In handing down judgment against Sivhidzo and two men, Judge Naren Pandya said emergency personnel Jan Jansen and Fortune Rakgatla had testified that on the evening of December 7 2006, Sivhidzo arrived at a burning car in Honeydew, accompanied by a male friend.

The firefighters said Sivhidzo started shouting at them and told them the car belonged to her husband who had been hijacked, and that they should look for him in the bushes and in the car.

After the fire had been extinguished and the car cooled down, Rakgatla said Sivhidzo instructed him to open the boot. An unidentifiable body was found inside and the police were called.

Rakgatla said Sivhidzo started crying and said her husband had been burned in the boot.

However, both Rakgatla and Jansen said at that point it had not yet been determined who the corpse was, or what model the car was.

It was later established that it was Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the son of former City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu.

Sivhidzo, Ntabudzeni Matzhenene and Arnold Sello are facing charges related to the murder, robbery and kidnapping of Netshisaulu.

Pandya postponed the matter to tomorrow.

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