Accused filmed burning woman pleading for her life, court hears

2015-07-07 19:21

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Brits - Dramatic footage of a schoolgirl pleading for her life after she was set alight was recorded on a cellphone, the Brits Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday.

Gugulethu "Sharon" Thwala, 23, told the court she had seen fellow accused, Victor Pilane record the incident.

Pilane is presently out on R2 000 bail.

Thwala, Pilane, Koketso Moyo and Cynthia Mosopi are accused of kidnapping schoolgirl Boitumelo Dlamini on June 18 in the bushes near Klipgat. Dlamini was allegedly kidnapped after Mosopi accused her of dating her former boyfriend.

"[Cynthia] pulled Boitumelo out of the car and slapped her, she asked her whether she was in love with Tokelo [Cynthia's former boyfriend]. [Boitumelo] apologised, but Cynthia asked her [why she was] apologising," Thwala told the court.

Thwala and Moyo testified on Tuesday as part of their bail application.

Thwala went on to say that when she saw Mosopi pouring petrol over Dlamini, Thwala grabbed Boitumelo away from Cynthia but then she too was sprinkled with petrol.

"At that moment, I saw Victor Pilane [Cynthia's current boyfriend] recording the incident. I screamed to him to help free Boitumelo from Cynthia... I then heard flames and when I turned, I saw Boitumelo burning," said a sobbing Thwala.

She said she and Moyo then left to alert police.

By the time they returned, she said Mosopi and Pilane were not there.

They only found Dlamini's burnt body.

In his testimony, Moyo reiterated Thwala's version.

The court is expected to make a decision tomorrow.

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