Media not allowed to see 'murder' footage in artist's trial

2015-06-18 15:13
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Cape Town - Journalists and members of the public were asked to leave a courtroom on Thursday morning before footage, alleged to show international artist Zwelethu Mthethwa committing a murder, was shown.

Western Cape High Court Judge Patricia Goliath ruled that the footage would be viewed in camera, as part of a trial-within-a-trial to determine whether it was authentic and could be admitted as evidence.

There were no objections from the State and defence.

Mthethwa has pleaded not guilty to kicking sex worker Nokuphila Kumalo to death in Woodstock, Cape Town, on April 14 2013.

The State alleges that CCTV footage captured the artist stopping his black Porche 911 Carrera close to Kumalo in Ravenscraig Road early that morning. It further alleges that the footage shows the accused getting out of his vehicle and “repeatedly kicking her and stamping on her body with booted feet”. She died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Earlier on Thursday, prosecutor Christhenus van der Vijver called the building supervisor for two properties in Ravenscraig Road to the stand, to explain her role in controlling access to the CCTV cameras at these sites.

In a soft voice, Maureen de Wet said she had worked for Daleglen property group for 15 years and was the only person with access to the cameras’ footage, using her own password.

She said it was hard to remember back to a few years ago but she believed the incident in question happened “in June or July” 2013.

“When I arrived at work that morning, my night security said there was an incident that happened outside of Tollgate [industrial park] that morning,” she testified.

“I went into my office, looked at the footage and then phoned Freddy our security guard.”

Once the matter was reported to the police, she went over to her other site, The Stockyard, to see if she could get a clearer picture.

She then allowed access to police video analyst, Constable Randall Basson, so he could download a copy of the footage.

De Wet said nothing was wrong with the cameras in 2013 and she had supervised the little maintenance done on them.

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