Murder-for-money bail verdict today

2016-12-14 06:02

THE five accused in the murder-for-money case will hear today from Regional Magistrate CF Masikane whether they will be granted bail or not. Bail hearings, which started on 16 November, have been lengthy and involved.
There has been considerable active interest from the public. There were placard wielding youngsters from Matimatolo picketing the court proclaiming the innocence of the accused “as they know who the real killers are” and at last week’s hearing, armed police guarded the Magistrate’s court.

Three of the five are women - Doris Dladla and Mildred Khoza (both teachers) and Hlengiwe Zuma. The two men are Zamokwakhe Khanyile and Mandla Khumalo.

The state alleges that the three women orchestrated the murders which were carried out by the two men, who were allegedly the hitmen.

The first victim, Mzomuhle Zuma, was allegedly drugged and then deliberately run over and the second victim, Sonosakhe Mdlalose, suffered the same fate. An allegedly mentally disturbed Thandeka Gwala was the third attempt – but she survived the attack, as well as a later one when she was in hospital recovering from her injuries. The fourth victim, a student Bongani Gcabashe from Hammersdale, was shot dead.

Evidence to be led by a Hawks investigator will evidently reveal that before the victims had been killed, life insurance policies had been taken out on their lives with the three female accused named as beneficiaries and that some of the policies had been paid out after the killings.

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