5 in court after letter reveals 1999 murder

2012-05-25 10:58
Johannesburg - Five men will appear in court on Friday for murdering a woman 13 years ago, police said.

Two of the five men were policemen at the time of the crime.

This comes after a letter was found buried beneath a carpet in a house in Kenilworth. The letter begins with the words: "By the time you read this, I will probably be dead".

The letter is apparently a confession from one of the people who killed Tandiwe Betty Ketani in 1999.

Ketani was shot in the head 13 years ago in Johannesburg and left for dead - but she survived and was taken to a hospital.

The 37-year-old mother was kidnapped from hospital and for the past 13 years has been classed as a missing person - until the letter shed light on her fate.

The letter said the suspected killers had abducted Ketani from the hospital using a forged medical note when they realised she had survived, and then shot her dead.

The note was found about two months ago when the owners of a Johannesburg-area house were renovating. It was then turned over to police, who used it to break the case.

The man who discovered the letter said that when his family read its contents, it felt like they were playing parts in a Hollywood movie.

"We were sweating, you know, and I said don't drip sweat on the papers because you are going to damage them," he told Eyewitness News.
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