Girlfriend says she knew nothing

2010-09-18 00:00

ALLEGED serial killer Thozamile Taki’s co-accused yesterday denied any involvement in the murders of 13 women whose bodies were found dumped in sugarcane and tea plantations in 2007.

“I did not help him and I did not suspect he might have been involved in any illegal activities,” Hlengiwe Nene told the Ramsgate High Court.

She took the stand for the first time yesterday.

Taki, her former boyfriend, is accused of robbing and killing 13 women and dumping their bodies in sugarcane plantations in Umzinto, KwaZulu-Natal, and in tea plantations in Port St Johns, in the Eastern Cape. Nene is charged as an accessory to the 13 robberies.

The couple were living together in Chatsworth when they were arrested.

She told the court she was shocked when the police said that the clothes Taki had given her were taken from murdered women. “I did not suspect anything,” said Nene.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa attended yesterday morning’s court proceedings with a high-ranking delegation that filled six benches in the public gallery, including deputy minister of Trade and Tourism, Maria Ntuli; South Coast leaders, various mayors and members of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

State prosecutor advocate Noxolo Tokwana-Dube said that justice will prevail. “We are not just making allegations; we have a very strong case.”

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