Accused in court after surrendering to police

2011-03-04 00:00

SCORES of people jumped in jubilation yesterday morning when a man suspected of killing his girlfriend and stashing her body in a freezer walked in shackles from the Hammarsdale police station holding cells to the nearby local magistrate’s court.

The crowd who had gathered at the court and police station premises included the murdered woman’s friends and relatives.

Friends of Muzi Khoza, the accused, were also there in numbers, seeing him for the first time since 32-year-old Nompumelelo Khanyile’s naked, partly decomposed body was discovered at 63 Jordan Street, the house which Khoza occupied.

Said Khanyile’s aunt, Nokuthula Zungu (50), said of Khoza, “I saw him walking in shackles from the police station building to the court. He looks thin and exhausted now.

“He sent one of his friends to buy airtime, which made me so angry that I just took away that R100. How can he agree to be sent by an alleged criminal and tell everyone about it?”

Khanyile’s frozen body was found on February 20. It is alleged that Khoza beat her to death before putting her body into the freezer a week before his friends made the gory discovery.

He was brought back from his hometown of Harrismith in the Free State on Wednesday evening.

He left Hammarsdale a few days before the body was found at the house that belonged to his elder sister Mantombi (33).

The Witness learnt that after being pursued by his family for about a week he finally made a call to an investigating officer on Wednesday morning to arrange to hand himself in.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Khoza handed himself to the police at about 7 pm.

Sthembiso Zulu (35), a friend of the murdered woman, said she is praying that he be denied bail.

“For our safety he should be kept in prison for the duration of the trial,” said Zulu.

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