Manilall lawyers study claims

2009-05-20 00:00

THE so-called “Manilall” murder trial in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg has been adjourned until December 7 while the prosecution and defence teams study case law and consider the future conduct of the case following startling claims by a key state witness that he has given false evidence in which he confessed to being a killer.

The witness — Siyabonga Mdlalose — is currently serving a life sentence in prison after he pleaded guilty last year to shooting dead Howick mother Monika Manilall in 2006.

Mdlalose also gave evidence over two days at the trial of Sanesh Manilall, Mumtaz Osman and Mboniseni Victor Mbatha, implicating all three accused in the plot to murder the victim, and again confirmed that he fired the fatal shots at her.

However, on Monday he retracted his evidence, saying he in fact “knows nothing” about the crime and claimed he was induced to testify by the promise of a reduced sentence.

Manilall and Osman are both on bail, but Mbatha, who is in custody, has indicated that he will renew his bail application. This will be done once transcripts of the proceedings are available.

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