Farm killer testifies against accomplices

2014-12-03 00:00

A MAN who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Timothy Green (44) on his Newcastle farm yesterday gave evidence against his former ­alleged accomplices.

Thulani Khubeka told Judge ­Jerome Mnguni and assessor Fred de Beer that he went along with the two accused before court — Siyabonga Mhlungu (28) and ­Mfanukhona Masiteng (23) — in order to rob Green at Willowford Farm on August 11 last year.

He said Masiteng owed him R300 and had promised to pay him back the money after getting it from Green.

On their arrival, Green was not at home.

He’d remained on a “hill” while Mhlungu and Masiteng went into the farmhouse and later emerged in ­possession of a shotgun.

They’d also already loaded some goods from the farmhouse into a ­vehicle on the property.

Khubeka said Masiteng told him they did not find money in the house and were “going to wait” for Green.

“They said I am going to watch for a motor vehicle that is going to stop at the gate. Once I see the motor ­vehicle, I must call them by phone and tell them of developments. They said when he approaches we are going to shoot him,” he said.

He told the court that after Green arrived at the gate, Mhlungu took the firearm from Masiteng and fired a shot. Green was able to run away to the side of the vehicle and make a phone call. Then four more shots were fired.

Khubeka said he had helped the others load a safe into the vehicle. Mhlungu then asked him to help him to carry Green who was “still making some little movements”.

However, an approaching car caused them to flee the scene.

Mhlungu and Masiteng have both pleaded not guilty to the charges. In a statement to court, Masiteng, who says he had worked on Green’s farm from the time he was 15 years old, claimed he was forced by Mhlungu and Khubeka to ­participate in the crimes.

In his statement he alleged that Mhlungu told him that if he was “not part” of what they were doing he would be killed.

The case is proceeding.

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