Court to rule on bail in Brits schoolgirl burning murder

2015-07-08 05:18

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Brits - The Brits Magistrate's Court is on Wednesday expected to rule on the bail applications of two people accused of burning a schoolgirl to death in an apparent revenge attack.

Gugulethu "Sharon" Thwala and Koketso Moyo testified in their bail applications on Tuesday.

They are accused along with Cynthia Mosopi and Victor Pilane of kidnapping Boitumelo Dlamini near Klipgat on June 18.

Mosopi had allegedly accused her of dating her former boyfriend.

On Tuesday, the court saw video footage recorded on a cellphone of Dlamini pleading for her life.

Thwala told the court she had seen Pilane, who was Mosopi's boyfriend, record the incident.

Pilane was already out of R2 000 bail.

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

Thwala said when she saw Mosopi pouring petrol over Dlamini, she pulled Dlamini away from Mosopi but then she too was sprinkled with petrol.

"At that moment, I saw Victor Pilane 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," Thwala said sobbing.

She said she and Moyo left to alert police.

By the time they returned, Mosopi and Pilane had left, she said. They only found Dlamini's burnt body.

In his testimony, Moyo reiterated Thwala's version.

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