Gcabashe’s mom to testify

2013-05-08 00:00

SIBUSISO John Gcabashe’s mother, Florence Ntuli, is expected to testify in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court soon against her impersonator son.

Ntuli and her daughter, Busisiwe Ntuli, are on the state witness list.

At the regional court yesterday, Gcabashe, of Maqongqo, pleaded not guilty to six charges.

He faces one count of theft (for allegedly stealing three cellphones in Durban), kidnapping, assault and rape allegedly committed at Ixopo, fraud and an attempted escape from custody at Nquthu Magistrate’s Court.

In November 2011 he allegedly kidnapped, assaulted and raped a teenager at Ixopo.

At the beginning of February last year, he impersonated the late Maskandi musician Kwakhe Khulekani Khumalo, also known as Mgqumeni, who died in December 2009.

State prosecutor Nkonzo Mlotshwa called Zehlile Xulu and Nomkhosi Mbatha, the wives of the late musician, to testify if Gcabashe was their husband.

Xulu told the court that she was in Johannesburg when she heard through the media that her husband had risen from the dead, and that she did not believe the reports.

“I went back home in Nquthu and the man was in one of the houses in the homestead.

“On arrival I had to introduce myself for the police to let me in as the entrance to the homestead was barricaded. As I looked at him sitting on the bed I asked him to show me the scars that my husband had, and he had none of those.”

From the dock yesterday, Gcabashe kept winking at the third wife of the late musician, who smiled back at him.

Gcabashe’s lawyer, John Botha, submitted that after the first visit to Nquthu, Xulu had gone back again.

“You went back to the homestead for the second time. Why was that? Because you already saw that he was not your husband.”

Xulu responded that she wanted to understand why Gcabashe was claiming to be Mgqumeni.

She told the court that the incident had opened old wounds as she had accepted that her husband was dead.

Mbatha told the court that in their tradition they were not allowed to view dead relatives.

“I was able to see only the feet of my dead husband and I was certain that it was him,” she said.

She testified that one member of the Khumalo family had begged her to steal the late musician’s death certificate and give it to him.

“When he asked me to steal the certificate for him, he promised that my children and I will live nice lives. But he asked me not to tell the family about what he was asking me to do,”said Mbatha.

She will continue giving evidence today.

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