Judgment expected in Zwelethu Mthethwa murder trial

2017-03-16 09:03
Zwelethu Mthethwa (Deon Raath, Netwerk24)

Zwelethu Mthethwa (Deon Raath, Netwerk24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The Western Cape High Court is expected to deliver a judgment in the matter involving acclaimed artist Zwelethu Mthethwa on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to killing sex worker Nokuphila Kumalo in Woodstock in April 2013.

In December, questions were raised about Mthethwa's decision not to testify during his trial.

Both his lawyer William Booth and prosecutor Christhenus van der Vijver agreed during closing arguments that he had a right to remain silent and that doing so was not a sign of guilt.

A psychiatrist testified last week that Mthethwa had no recollection of events that night, possibly due to alcohol consumption.

Mthethwa did not hand in a plea explanation or testify in his own defence.

Van der Vijver cautioned that if the case was not sufficiently answered, it could have consequences for Mthethwa.

Kumalo is believed to have died from blunt force trauma.

Mthethwa is alleged to have kicked her repeatedly. The State alleged he was caught on CCTV camera as he parked his Porsche in Ravenscraig Road, Woodstock.

In a statement, the ANC Women's League said it is greatly concerned that it has taken two years for the murder trial to be concluded.

"If the [judicial] system is serious on discouraging perpetrators from committing these cruel acts of violence and gruesome murder of women, harsher sentences must [be] imposed," the league added.

Read more on:    zwelethu mthethwa  |  cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/World

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.