Forensic tests clear three Netshisaulu murder suspects

2010-02-04 07:42

POLICE released three suspects initially arrested for their parts

in the murder of Avhatakali Netshisaulu, the son of former City Press editor

Mathatha Tsedu, because they could not be linked to the crime.

The investigating officer, Captain Mokebo Madibo, testified today

that Rodney Makhura, Setshaba Fokane and Mashudu Mutobvu were released on July 4


This after forensic tests on blood found in a green Toyota Venture

belonging to murder-accused Arnold Sello did not match that of any of the three


Mulalo Sivhidzo, the wife of Netshisaulu, Sello and Ntabudzeni

Matsenene are facing a murder charge for Netshisaulu’s death.

Yesterday Sivhidzo confessed to hiring Sello to kill her husband,

claiming that he had been cheating on her.

Madibo said the police did not use closed-circuit camera footage

from the Caltex garage in Zandspruit, where Sello claimed that they went and

Mutobvu withdrew R5?000 from the deceased’s bank account, because the footage

was not clear and the people in it could not be identified.

Madibo said that no transaction was made on December 7 from

Netshisaulu’s bank account.

On December 13 Matsenene made a statement to the police in which he

confessed that Sivhidzo had hired him to kill Netshisaulu, whom he claims he was

related to.

On the night of December 9 2006 Netshisaulu’s charred remains were

discovered in the boot of his burnt-out car.

The prosecution will tomorrow make an application for hearsay

evidence. This application is made to allow the prosecution to use each

accused’s confession to cross-examine the other accused.

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