Rhodes Park accused admitted to hospital

2016-11-08 11:10
Rhodes Park accused in court (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Rhodes Park accused in court (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg - The trial of three men accused of raping two women and killing their husbands at Rhodes Park was postponed on Tuesday morning, after one of the accused was admitted to hospital.

Admore Ndlovu, 23, was sent to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on Monday, his lawyer, Robert Xaba told the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge.

Xaba asked the court to postpone proceedings until Wednesday.

Prosecutor Monde Mbaqa said they needed to confirm which doctor was treating Ndlovu and what his diagnosis was.

On Monday, Xaba told the court that his client was having difficulty breathing and had chest pains.

Xaba said Ndlovu’s last consultation with medical staff at Johannesburg Central prison was last Monday. They had given him medication and did tests, suspecting he may suffer from asthma

Ndlovu, Thabo Nkala, 25, and Mduduzi Mathibela Lawrence, 32, have been charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances, rape, and murder. They have pleaded not guilty.

They were allegedly part of a 12-man gang that attacked two couples walking in the park, in Kensington, on the evening of Saturday, October 17, 2015.

The four were reportedly forced to lie on the ground. A knife was used to cut off the panties of both women before they were raped.

Their husbands, Zukisa Khela and Sizwe Tyeke, were forced to strip before they were bundled into the lake, where they drowned.

The gang allegedly stole their clothes, jewellery, and cellphones. Police divers found the bodies.

Judge Papi Masopa agreed to postpone the matter to Wednesday.

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