Murder trial set for October

2017-07-05 06:00

The murder case in which a former top official of the Tokologo Municipality, Godfrey Maphobole, stands accused of murdering his wife, is set to be heard in the Bloemfontein High Court.

Maphobole is accused of murdering Thulani Gqamane in November 2015.

Phaladi Shuping, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in the Free State, says the murder case has been transferred to the High Court after it was heard in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Monday, 26 June.

He says the trial is set to begin on 30 October and run until 3 November.

Maphobole is currently out on bail of R20 000, which was granted to him early in 2016.

Maphobole and Gqamane were both employees at the ANC-led Tokologo Municipality, administering the towns of Boshof, Dealesville and Hertzogville. Maphobole held the influential position of senior director, while his wife was a junior auditor. He has since left the municipality.

According to the police’s preliminary investigation, the accused allegedly killed Gqamane (26) at their home in Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein. She was allegedly killed during a bitter quarrel with the accused on the night of 27 November.

Maphobole allegedly put the deceased’s body in his car and drove to his hometown of Winburg, 120 km from Bloemfontein.

On the third day after the murder, the accused allegedly burnt Gqamane’s body at the Winburg landfill site.

Her death came to light after some of the homeless people residing near the landfill called the police upon discovering the body.

The police report that their informants spotted Maphobole off-loading something from a van which he then set alight before driving off.

Further police investigations uncovered CCTV footage showing the accused buying petrol at a filling station.

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