Ayanda’smurder accused in court

2012-07-10 00:00

A MAN accused of the murder of 12-year-old Ayanda Sibiya, who was found in a water tank at a Sweetwaters church, appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Clean-shaven, neatly dressed and walking tall, 32-year-old Mzokhona Sibisi told the court he was aware of what he was being charged for.

Asked by magistrate M Kunene whether he wanted a legal aid representative, or his own lawyer, he replied: “I’ll get my own lawyer.”

He said he would be able to pay for a lawyer.

Kunene remanded Sibisi in custody, telling him he could apply for bail on July 16.

Sibisi was arrested for Ayanda’s murder last Thursday.

Two days before the arrest, Ayanda’s father, David Zuma (48), found her dead in a water tank at the Methodist church in Mbutshane, Sweetwaters.

The Witness and Sibisi were present when her body was found. She had been missing for 11 days.

Zuma last week said that Sibisi had been told by a sangoma where the girl was.

Police hauled her body out of the tank on Tuesday evening.

— Witness Reporter.

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