Lawyer to examine video confession on principal’s killing

2009-10-22 10:32

THE bail application for three men accused of killing a Cape Town

school principal was postponed in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday to

give the lawyer of two of the accused time to examine video evidence of a

confession by one of his clients.

Before a packed courtroom in which the public called for the heads

of the alleged killers, defence attorney Leon van der Merwe requested the

postponement because his client had told him the confession was made under


Van der Merwe said he needed an opportunity to view the video

before putting any further evidence before the court.

A postponement was also requested by defence attorney Thabo

Nogemane, who wanted to reinstate his client’s previously abandoned bail

application because his client was “very sick”.

While about 50 ANC Women’s League members protested outside court

against the accused receiving bail, Nogemane told Magistrate Hassifa Mohamed

that the doctor at Pollsmoor prison, where his client is being held, suspected

the cold and crowded prison conditions were causing the “unknown sickness”

suffered by his client, and requested the court to hear his client’s case for

receiving bail during the next court appearance.

The three accused are facing allegations that they murdered the

principal of Nyanga’s Sithembele Matiso High School, Mandisa Dziba. She was shot

in the head just outside her office on August 24 after waiting to meet someone

for a specially requested late afternoon appointment.

Her murder appeared to be an inside job.

The position of principal was highly contested at the school and

staff suggested Dziba may have been murdered due to internal political


A fourth man has turned state witness and is expected to testify

against the trio.

The next court appearance was set for November 10.

– West Cape



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