Killer tells of brother’s help in murder case

2013-03-25 00:00

AN Ixopo man who was jailed last Tuesday for his role in the murder of an Ethiopian salesman, who was dragged to death behind his own car at Ixopo, testified against his brother in the high court on Friday.

Siyabonga Mtshali, who was jailed effectively for 25 years for the murder of Thomas Ebamo on May 3, 2012, told KwaZulu-Natal Deputy Judge President Achmat Jappie on Friday that his brother, Cyprian, was also involved in the murder, robbery and kidnap.

Cyprian (27) has pleaded not guilty to the charges. However, Siyabonga testified on Friday that both he and his brother were part of the gang of four that kidnapped Ebamo, drove him to a secluded plantation, tied him to the back of his car and dragged him to his death.

He said the crimes were committed when a man told the gang that he wanted a “foreigner’s” Corolla car to use to steal and sell goats.

He said Ebamo had fallen for lies that he should take them to a home to fetch money to pay for pots which he hoped to sell.

With Ebamo driving, Siyabonga Mtshali sat next to him and the others were in the back seat. At an isolated spot, Ebamo was grabbed, forced into the back seat and his hands tied with his own jersey.

After driving to a plantation, they forced Ebamo out of the car and tied a rope round his neck and the other end to the towbar of his car. Mtshali said one of his accomplices drove the car for about 70 metres dragging Ebamo, after which Ebamo was dead.

He said he and Cyprian had stood and watched. The gang, including Siyabonga and Cyprian, thereafter dragged Ebamo’s body to a drainpipe and forced it inside, covering it with branches and leaves. The body was only found about 10 days later after it was pointed out to the police by Siyabonga Mtshali.

His death was caused by head injuries according to a postmortem report. The case continues today.

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