Initiation school murder accused too ill to stand trial

2015-04-20 16:48

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Mbombela - The trial against an 85-year-old Mpumalanga initiation school owner accused of kidnapping and murdering an initiate was postponed after she was declared too ill to stand trial.

Gogo Gertrude Maphanga-Tsabetse and her co-accused, Michael Bulunga, 30, Foster Masinga, 30, Boetboet Mkhabela, 29, Sello Malope, 28, and December Mkhabela, 41, were arrested following the kidnapping and assault of Vusi Zola Madonsela and Mandla Mabuza at Mbonisweni village near White River, on August 24 2009.

Madonsela died due to injuries he sustained during his and Mabuza's assault.

They all pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, murder and attempted murder.

The court heard that the accused had abducted boys from Mbonisweni and forced them to be initiated at their school.

The court heard that after the two boys escaped, the accused then searched for them, found them and assaulted them.

Madonsela later died from the assault.

State prosecutor Michael Mazibuko told the court that the trial could not continue as Maphanga-Tsabetse was too old and ill to stand trial.

"I request that the case be postponed for Maphanga-Tsabetse to be able to attend medical treatment as she is unfit to stand trial," Mazibuko said.

Magistrate Shelly Msibi postponed the case to May 21.

All the accused are out on bail. 

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