Sewram murder co-accused denies any involvment in plot to kill

2015-09-08 09:56
Wiseman Mfaniseni Nxumalo.

Wiseman Mfaniseni Nxumalo. (Shan Pillay)

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MFANISENI Nxumalo, who is on trial for the 2013 murder of local doctor ­Bhavish Sewram, told the high court yesterday that he had refused a request by his co-accused, Brian Treasurer, to kill the doctor.

Nxumalo, who lives at Mason ­informal settlement in Copesville, has denied involvement in the plot to kill Sewram.

He said he knew Treasurer because he had helped him renovate a crèche in the area.

He told Judge Anton van Zyl there was an occasion when Treasurer asked him whether he would be “able to shoot a person”.

“I told him in no uncertain terms that I could never do that. I had never done it … I asked him why the person has to be killed and he [Treasurer] said that the doctor is in love with his friend’s wife … He wanted the doctor to be killed because of a love relationship,” said Nxumalo.

The state alleges that Treasurer and Nxumalo were hired to arrange the murder of Sewram, who was shot three times outside his surgery on the night of May 13, 2013, but both have pleaded not guilty and denied involvement in the murder.

Sabelo Dlamini, the gunman who admitted to shooting Sewram, is serving 25 years’ imprisonment.

He gave evidence for the prosecution against Treasurer and Nxumalo last week. Dlamini told the court that he was initially approached by Nxumalo and asked to kill the doctor. However, he said, Treasurer discussed payment of R12 000 with him and also handed him the cocked firearm that he used to shoot the doctor.

In the witness box yesterday, Nxumalo maintained he had nothing to do with the murder and did not know that anyone would be shot when he accompanied Treasurer and Dlamini the day the doctor was killed.

He said he had finished working on the crèche and had asked Treasurer to pay him R2 500 that was owed to him.

He had believed they were en route to withdraw the money from the bank when Treasurer took a different route, stopped the car and pulled a firearm from under the driver’s seat. Treasurer allegedly gave the firearm to Dlamini, who immediately alighted from the vehicle.

Nxumalo said he was “tired” and reclined his seat and lay back. “I said to him [Treasurer] that Sabelo has gone for a long time and asked where he has gone. He responded that he is coming back now.”

Just before Dlamini arrived back at the vehicle, Nxumalo heard the “explosion” of a firearm.

He said after Dlamini got into the car and they drove off, he heard him and Treasurer talking and Dlamini mentioned he had “hit him”.

“I realised from this that they were talking about the offence of killing someone,” he said.

Nxumalo testified that Treasurer warned him that he “was going to die” if he spoke about what he had heard, and Dlamini issued a similar warning that he would be shot if he talked.

The case is proceeding

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