'Run, run', witness told Sithole

2015-07-10 05:22

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Johannesburg - The trial of four men accused of killing Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole is expected to continue in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Last month, the court heard how Sithole had a beer poured on him prior to the attack that led to his death in April this year.

State witness Fabian Gomes, a street vendor like Sithole who sold vegetables told the court he sells his vegetables on Second Avenue in Alexandra.

Gomes, speaking in Mozambican Shangaan through a translator told the court what had happened on April 18 when Sithole was killed.

"These people, there were four when they arrived and they came from one direction singing, Your Worship," he said.

He pointed to the four accused, Mthinta Bhengu, Sizwe Mngomezulu, Sifundi Mzimzela and the 17-year-old minor who allegedly stabbed Sithole.

He described how the group were standing in front of Sithole's table and took a packet of cigarettes.

Gomes said it was the 17-year-old minor who took them without paying for them.

He said they then moved away from the table and Sithole, after realising that the cigarettes had been taken, followed the four of them and told the 17-year-old minor to give the cigarettes back.

That was when the beer was poured on top of Sithole and Mngomezulu hit him with the beer bottle, said Gomes.

"When he had been beaten by the bottle, he reversed a little bit and prepared to run away. One of the accused, the one who was holding a monkey wrench [Mzimela] hit him on the back. After being beaten by the monkey wrench, he ran. As he [Sithole] was running, they followed him and he fell," Gomes told the court.

He said Sithole ran for about 45m before he fell. The court heard that, after a long pause from Gomes, that Bhengu was holding a knife.

The last time Gomes saw Sithole was when he ran in the direction of Roosevelt Street and Bhengu followed him.

Gomes had shouted to Sithole: "Run, run".

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