Judgment to be handed down in Rhodes Park trial

2017-03-27 07:03
The Rhodes Park accused during an earlier court appearance. (File, Iavan Pijoos, News24)

The Rhodes Park accused during an earlier court appearance. (File, Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg – Judgment is expected to be handed down in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Monday for three men accused of raping two women and killing their husbands in Rhodes Park, Johannesburg.

Admore Ndlovu, 23, Thabo Nkala, 25, and Mduduzi Mathibela Lawrence, 32, were charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances, rape, and murder. They pleaded not guilty.

They were allegedly part of a 12-man gang that attacked two couples who had gone to the park, in Kensington, on the evening of Saturday, October 17, 2015 after a church service.

The four were reportedly forced to lie on the ground. A knife was used to cut off the underwear of both women before they were raped.

Their husbands, Zukisa Khela and Sizwe Tyeke, were forced to strip and ordered into the lake, where they drowned. Police divers found the bodies.

The gang allegedly stole their clothes, jewellery, and cellphones.

During closing statements in the previous court sitting, prosecutor Monde Mbaqa told the court it was the trio's clear intention to rape and kill because they said, "Blood must be spilled here".

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