Court hears details of widow’s plot to have her husband killed

2010-12-06 14:58

Details of the plot to kill Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the son of former City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu, were heard in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg today.

In his sixth day of handing down his ruling, Judge Naren Pandya recapped records of Netshisaulu’s widow Mulalo Sivhidzo’s cross examination, and her relationship with co-accused Ntambudzeni Matzhenene.

He then went through three statements made by Matzhenene, in which he outlined how he met Sivhidzo and had cellphone conversations with her, allegedly to plot her husband’s murder.

Matzhenene spoke of how Sivhidzo allegedly approached him with an offer of R4?000 to help murder her husband, in order to inherit his assets.

He said the two agreed that Sivhidzo would bring three people, while Matzhenene organised two men from Zimbabwe, to murder Netshisaulu.

Matzhenene said that on December 7 2006 he met Sivhidzo and four other people at the Zandspruit Caltex garage, allegedly to finalise the plot.

They parted ways, with Sivhidzo rushing home to hand over the VW Citi Golf her husband would use to drive himself to a meeting with Matzhenene, to discuss a public-phone business-venture, later that evening.

Pandya said Netshisaulu was lured to the Caltex garage so his killers could get a look at him.

Later Netshisaulu arrived at the filling station, bought petrol and some items from the garage shop and drove off, followed by his alleged killers. They allegedly forced him off the road, attacked and robbed him before tying him up, bundling him into the boot of his car and setting it alight in a bush in Honeydew.

Pandya said Matzhenene’s statement confirmed he met Sivhidzo twice before her husband was killed. She had claimed meeting him only once, when they were introduced by her husband several weeks before his death.

Pandya said Matzhenene’s statement was a clear confession that he met Netshisaulu’s wife, detailed how the conspiracy was carried out, and that the murder was plotted long in advance.

“It is clear from all evidence that Matzhenene was party to events of December 7,” he said.

Pandya added that after Netshisaulu’s murder made the news and Matzhenene’s supervisor informed him of the incident he did not express any concern, even though both he and the victim were of Venda origin.

“It would not have been wrong to have shown some concern,” Pandya said.

Sivhidzo, and Matzhenene were accused alongside Arnold Sello.

Judgment continues.

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