Robbers held Zondi down as his lover stole his credit cards, high court told

2011-02-03 00:00

ACCUSED Gugu Ndlovu (34), on trial for the murder and robbery of her estranged lover, Professor Samuel Zondi (71), said she stole his bank cards while men held him down on a bed in his flat and kept a cloth over his face so that he would not recognise her.

She said this in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday during her trial with another woman and three young men.

The five are also charged with committing fraud by using Zondi’s bank cards. Ndlovu, who followed four companions into the flat, said she heard shouts “help, help” coming from his flat.

When she left the flat, Zondi was still alive, she said.

A forensic pathology report said his death was consistent with smothering. Ndlovu said she had to enter the flat without be recognised as he knew she had previously stolen his bank cards. He had asked her to repay the money she had spent with his cards.

Co-accused Jabulile Ngcobo (24) entered Zondi’s flat on the pretence that she wanted him to take photographs at a function.

Four men, all recruited in Hammarsdale, were to help Ndlovu. They are accused Sakhile Hlongwa (20), Mzwandile Zwane (20) and Mondli Cele (22), and Simphiwe Gwala, who has turned state witness and has been warned as an accomplice.

Ndlovu had a remote control with which they gained access onto Zondi’s premises.

She said that after they knocked on his door, Zondi admitted Ngcobo and Hlongwa, and Zwane and Cele followed. She was still outside the flat when she heard cries for help.

The accused are believed to have set the flat alight. Zondi’s decomposing body was found three days later in February 2009.

Ndlovu said they took the items stolen from Zondi — two laptops, two cellphones, bank cards and other valuables — to Point Road in Durban where most of it was sold to a foreigner. The accused have pleaded not guilty.

The case continues today.

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