Accused: taxi owner refuses to give evidence

2009-08-12 00:00

FORMER taxi owner Sibusiso Derrick Duma (24), who is charged with 19 counts of murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances arising from five separate incidents in Pietermaritz- burg and Hillcrest in September and October 2007, yesterday declined to give evidence in his defence.

The case, before Acting Judge Kobus Booyens and two assessors, will resume in the high court in Pietermaritzburg today.

Duma is charged with running over a security guard, Mqeku Zondi, at Henley Dam and then robbing him of his cellphone and service pistol on September 9, 2007.

He is also charged with the rape and murder of Hlengiwe Shangase at Georgetown on October 19, 2007, and the murders of Masizane Mtshatsha and Thamsanqa Mbindwane, whose VW Polo was hijacked at Georgetown on October 20, 2007.

Driving the VW Polo, Duma and an accomplice allegedly accosted two young men and a teenager in Imbali and ordered them to get into their vehicle at gunpoint. Later the two men were shot and ordered out of the vehicle. Though wounded they survived.

Duma and his companion then allegedly drove to Azalea cemetery where they each raped the young girl, before Duma allegedly ran her over with the vehicle and left her for dead.

Duma is also charged with the robbery, rape and murder of a Hillcrest teacher, Nxololo Dlamini, who boarded his taxi on October 25, 2007.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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