City sex worker knew assailants

2013-06-04 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG sex worker told the high court here yesterday she ran away when two men confronted a client who’d hired her services in the city centre on February 7.

Nomvula Zaca was giving evidence before acting judge Igna Stretch and an assessor yesterday at the trial of Nkanyiso Ndlovu (25), who is charged with the murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances of David Zulu at 419 Prince Alfred Street on the night in question.

Ndlovu pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected to remain silent.

The state alleges in its indictment that Zulu and a friend — who has not been identified — had encountered Zaca in the CBD area that night and Zulu propositioned her for sex.

She agreed and led the men to a secluded spot behind a building in Prince Alfred street.

Zulu’s friend stood a distance away from the couple, acting as a look out.

They were allegedly followed to the scene by Ndlovu and an accomplice, Lindokuhle Khanyi, who robbed the two men of their cellphones and cash at knifepoint.

Zulu allegedly resisted and was stabbed to death by Ndlovu.

Zaca told the court in her evidence that she’d agreed to have sex with Zulu for R50 that night and took him and his friend to a spot behind a burned down house in Prince Alfred Street.

Whilst she and Zulu were undressing she’d noticed that Zulu was carrying a knife and told him that she would not “sleep” with him while he had it in his possession.

“I told him to take it to his friend but he refused,”she said.

She said they were busy arguing over the knife, which Zulu was holding in his hand, when Ndlovu and her boyfriend “Lindo” approached them. Both men were known to her, she said.

She said “Lindo” had grabbed her client’s friend and told him to “shut up”.

At the same time Ndlovu ordered her customer to drop his knife. At that stage she ran away.

The case is proceeding.

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