‘Killer’ to remain in custody for now

2019-02-28 06:01
The family of Andiswa Zide was involved in an accident as they transported mourners and her body to the Eastern Cape last Friday morning.

The family of Andiswa Zide was involved in an accident as they transported mourners and her body to the Eastern Cape last Friday morning.

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The man who allegedly killed his girlfriend and severed her leg will remain behind bars.

Morris Nyamandi (30) heard on Tuesday 26 February that his case has been postponed to Friday 8 March, pending engaging the services of a Shona interpreter.

The sobbing accused, a Zimbabwean national, stood in the dock and nodded when the decision was communicated to him.

He appeared in the Strand Magistrate’s Court with his hair cut and two visible wounds to the back of his head.

The deceased’s three children, aged 10, four and three months, were in the court precinct when the man accused of murdering their mother appeared.

The family of Andiswa Zide (26) came all the way from Saldanha Bay to attend the court proceedings. The family had returned from the funeral, held in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Only four members of the family were allowed to enter the courtroom, owing to its size.

Magistrate Mbulelo Sidyiyo said it was a pity “Mr Twala” was not in court, as he had agreed to arrange for an interpreter for the court proceedings.

The state-appointed lawyer for the accused said the case must be postponed so his client can issue him with proper instructions.

The deceased’s mother, Thobeka Zide, told City Vision the family is still deeply traumatised by her daughter’s death.

“The manner in which she died hurts a lot,” she said. “This man allegedly mutilated her body; in the end she was without a leg. People in the Eastern Cape even fainted when they heard about all of this.

“No-one deserves to die that way. She leaves behind these innocent young children. As we came here this morning, the four- year-old said she wanted her mother back, and we had to deal with that as a family.”

The drama of the young mother’s death was compounded by a road accident involving a minibus taxi transporting the mourners and her body to the Eastern Cape.

On their way to Libode on Friday morning, the Toyota Quantum they were travelling in collided with a kudu near Graaff-Reinet. No-one was injured.

It is customary in Xhosa culture for women not to view the body of loved ones if they have died violently or accidentally.

The mourning mother hoped Nyamandi would get a just sentence for his alleged brutality.

“Our hope now is with God and the justice system,” she said.

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