Rhodes Park trial continues

2016-11-17 05:37
Rhodes Park in Kensington, Johannesburg. (Netwerk24)

Rhodes Park in Kensington, Johannesburg. (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – The trial of three men accused of raping two women and killing their husbands in Rhodes Park, Johannesburg, is expected to continue in the High Court in Palm Ridge on Thursday.

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.

The gang allegedly stole their clothes, jewellery, and cellphones. Police divers found the bodies.

A witness testified on Wednesday that one of the accused had told him that he would not be the only one arrested for the crime.

"He was saying something like he was not going to die alone. He was not going to go down for this alone," Patrick Murphy, a local Community Policing Forum member, told the court.

Nkala was arrested in Yeoville, about 5km from the park, with the help of CCTV footage recorded from a house near the park, and a police informer, the court heard on Tuesday.

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