Rhodes Park murder case ready for High Court trial

2016-04-20 13:48
Zukisa Kela's uncle Sibongile Kela talking to reporters at the scene of his nephew's murder. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Zukisa Kela's uncle Sibongile Kela talking to reporters at the scene of his nephew's murder. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - The trial of the three men accused of killing two men in Rhodes Park and raping one of their partners will be heard in the Johannesburg High Court.

The trio appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, where Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff told them the prosecution was putting the finishing touches to its case before it was sent to the High Court. 

He postponed the case to May 3, when the three were expected to be served with the indictment. 

Thabo Nkala, Edmor Ndlovu and Mduduzi Mathibela were allegedly part of a 12-man gang that attacked two couples walking in the park on the evening of Saturday, October 17, last year. 

Sizwe Tyeke, 33, and school teacher Zukisa Kela, 29, were assaulted, tied up, and thrown into the park's lake, in Kensington, where they drowned. One of their partners was raped. The second woman managed to run away.

On Tuesday, the three huddled in the dock as they followed proceedings through an interpreter.

The State had expressed confidence in its case because of DNA evidence it had gathered from the three.

It was unclear how much progress police had made in finding the other nine suspects.

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