Domestic worker denies part in murder

2016-05-10 08:45
Murder accused (from left) Jibraeel Mohideen, Emily Mchunu, Joshua Nxumalo and Zandisile Mtshali in the dock at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

Murder accused (from left) Jibraeel Mohideen, Emily Mchunu, Joshua Nxumalo and Zandisile Mtshali in the dock at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The domestic worker charged with arranging businessman Ashraf ­Mohideen's murder on February 25 said on Monday she knows nothing at all about his killing.

Emily Mchunu, 52, is charged with murder and/or conspiracy to murder Mohideen at his home in James Niven Road, Scottsville.

She told Magistrate M. Boikhutso she has “no knowledge about this matter” and asked the court to grant her bail.

She also denied that she knows her co-accused, Joshua Nxumalo, who sat in the dock alongside her, and who the State alleges is her boyfriend.

The investigating officer, Sergeant Sandile Magubane, said in an affidavit that the State alleges that Mchunu had arranged for her boyfriend, Nxumalo, to hire killers to murder Mohideen; that she had let the killers into the premises the night before the murder; and then into the house on the day of the killing, where they lay in wait for Mohideen to come home.

Magubane said Mohideen died a “horrible death”.

He was found lying in a pool of blood on the bathroom floor. His throat had been slit and he had bled to death.

That night Mchunu, Mohideen’s domestic worker, had portrayed herself as an “innocent victim” of the robbery.

Magubane said her involvement in the planning emerged after ­Mohideen’s son, Jibraeel, revealed at a family meeting that he had master-minded the killing of his father, and handed himself over to police.

Jibraeel and one of the hired killers, Zandisile Mtshali, are currently serving jail sentences after pleading guilty.

Magubane said according to Jibraeel, he discussed the plan to kill his father with Mchunu and it was agreed that she would find hitmen who would be paid R25 000. Her alleged motive was that her employer had not paid her salary and she “had a score to settle” with him.

Mchunu allegedly arranged with Nxumalo to do the job and Mohideen handed her R10 000 to pay the killers.

They lay in wait for him in his house and hit him over the head with a hammer when he entered, and then stabbed him and slit his throat. Mohideen had fought back with his pocket knife and succeeded in stabbing Nxumalo in the arm during the fracas.

In her testimony yesterday, Mchunu denied having any conflict with ­Mohideen and said she had no involvement in his murder.

Responding to questions from her advocate, Sogoyile Nene, Mchunu said she earned R2 500 per month as a domestic worker and about R4 000 from her activities as a sangoma.

She said she is married with three children, has lived in Willowfountain all her life and has no ties with anyone outside South Africa. She said she intends to plead not guilty at her trial.

Mchunu said she can afford to pay bail of R1 000.

The hearing will continue on Tuesday.

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