Frozen head: verdict likely tomorrow

2012-03-12 00:00

JUDGMENT is expected tomorrow in the trial of Roger Thusi, who is charged with the murder of a youth whose head was found in a deepfreeze last January at the home he shared with his girlfriend in France.

Thusi’s attorney, Kelvin Singh, urged acting high court Judge M.T. Ncube and assessors on Friday to find that Thusi had no intention to kill the victim, Loyiso Jokweni (18), but that he acted on orders from an inyanga, Mduduzi Manqele, against whom charges were withdrawn last year.

Singh said it was apparent in Thusi’s confession, admitted as evidence, that Manqele played the leading role in the murder and influenced Thusi, a believer in muthi, to do his bidding.

State advocate Vincent Mncanyane, however, urged the court to convict Thusi of murder based on his confession and evidence by his girlfriend, Sonto Princess Ndlovu.

Mncanyane submitted Thusi’s defence was one of mere denial and did not explain why Ndlovu and Lieutenant-Colonel Carel Landman, who took down his confession, should tell lies and falsely implicate him.

Thusi confessed that he consulted Manqele from 2007 for muthi that would bring him good luck in his business as a hawker.

He said he owed Manqele R500 for muthi and wanted to pay him on December 17, 2010, but the inyanga did not want to accept the payment and said he would see him on Christmas Day to settle it.

On that day Manqele picked him up in his black Hummer vehicle and they drove to Phase 4 in France.

Thusi alleged in his statement that Manqele had placed muthi in the palm of his hand and blew on it saying: “Come out, come out.”

A young boy appeared and Manqele lured him into the vehicle on the pretext of wanting to find a place to buy liquor.

Thusi said Manqele grabbed the youth and put muthi into his nostrils and mouth, which made him fall asleep.

He then instructed Thusi to bring a dish and knife to the river, where he decapitated the youth and ordered Thusi to remove his genitals.

After putting the body parts into the dish, the rest of the body was pushed into the river.

Thusi said that after a ritual at Manqele’s Mafakathini dungeon the inyanga told him to take the head, which was for him to “get rich”.

He put the head into a freezer at the house where he was living in France and it remained there until police recovered it on January 28, 2011.

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