Murdered mom's car chopped, sold

2012-11-06 22:15

Pretoria - A murdered Pretoria North mother's car was chopped up, the parts sold and the rest burnt within a day after her murder, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

Witness Jacob Molapo testified in the trial of Sipho Masiqa, 34, Raymond Matshaba, 27 and Bradley Molefe, 34, who are accused of murdering Thifhelimbilu Mashau, her 8-month-old baby Avheani, and 4-year-old daughter Adivhaho.

The three have pleaded not guilty to the three murders, as well as to charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping and rape.

The State alleges they strangled the two children and robbed their mother of her car and other goods at their Theresa Park home before taking her to Ga-Rankuwa, where they raped and murdered her.

Molapo testified that Matshaba had on 1 August 2010 asked him for a place to store a red Volkswagen Polo, which he said belonged to him.

Matshaba parked the car in his yard and the next day dismantled the doors with tools borrowed from Molapo. When Molapo returned home after work he saw the car's doors, engine and seats had been stripped.

Molapo became suspicious and asked Matshaba why he would chop up his own car. Matshaba said he wanted to sell the parts.

"He wanted to burn the car in my yard, but I refused. Later that night his friend arrived and they pulled the car into the veld. He said they were going to burn the car.

"I said why don't they just leave the car, then the police can find it. He said he's going to burn it because he wants to delete the fingerprints," Molapo said.

The court also heard evidence that Matshaba later pointed out various car parts to the police.

Warrant Officer Rufus Baloyi, who identified Mashau's body, testified that he had known her from an armed robbery investigation in which Mashau had been the victim.

Mashau had laid a complaint after being robbed at gunpoint of her cellphone, cash and a laptop in June 2010, a month before she was murdered, he said.

The trial continues.

  • ian.despy - 2012-11-06 22:52

    The ANC way........can you tell me otherwise (the african way)

      goeie.jaarling - 2012-11-06 23:17

      Yes, with the ANC way they would just deny that it ever happened and with the African way they will blame colonialist for bringing cars to Africa that brought out this unAfrican behavior.

      ngoako.mathekga - 2012-11-07 07:57

      Ian your statement is provocative, crime has no boundries and African way has never been the way you paint it.

  • nico.leroux1 - 2012-11-07 00:57

    Statistics shows that our beautiful country is more dangerous than Iraq!! Do not visit South Africa on vacation!!!

      art5SA - 2012-11-07 05:42

      Nico... I make sure my little family do NOT set foot on SA soil.... unfortunately I still have to!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-07 03:37

    Monsters among us!

  • mudzidzisiticha.benard - 2012-11-07 05:51

    bring back the death sentence

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-07 07:16

    Yesterday I just read about how murder rate decreased in johannesburg but I think those statistics are to be revisited again south africa is slowly becoming a shame country when it comes to crime!!

  • aphindas - 2012-11-07 07:21

    These ppl don't deserve to go to jail noo...\r\nMOB JUSTICE al the way

  • ellmari.wroe - 2012-11-07 07:32

    What a sad story ....!

  • artur.winiecki.1 - 2012-11-07 12:24

    Well i would not mind seeing african justice given to these people, i can even supply two tires to be used as necklaces. Then we just need some fuel and a lighter. Sounds good to me.

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