Man charged with killing Gauteng ANC MPL Mapiti Matsena intends to plead guilty

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Monoko Francis Thoka in court for allegedly killing Mapiti Matsena.
Monoko Francis Thoka in court for allegedly killing Mapiti Matsena.
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  • A man standing trial for allegedly killing ANC MPL Mapiti Matsena wants to plead guilty.
  • The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has allowed Monoko Francis Thoka to prepare his guilty plea.
  • Thoka allegedly stabbed Matsena to death at his home in Doornpoort, Pretoria in July 2020.


A man charged with killing Gauteng ANC MPL Mapiti Matsena intends to plead guilty to the crime.

The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has given murder-accused Monoko Francis Thoka, 29, an opportunity to prepare his plea statement.

Thoka's lawyer, advocate Martin Botha, told the court he needed time to prepare the guilty plea with the accused.

Judge Hendrik de Vos ordered that Thoka be held at a police station, where he will be able to consult with Botha. Thoka will be held at the Villieria police station until his next court appearance.

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Thoka is charged with stabbing Matsena to death at his home in Doornpoort, Pretoria on 15 July 2020.

It is alleged that Thoka broke into Matsena's home and used a sharp object to stab the politician multiple times in his bedroom.

At the time of his death, Matsena was the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Community Safety in the Gauteng Legislature.

Although Matsena and Thoka hail from the same village in Limpopo, the politician's family has denied they were related or were family friends.

Thoka is expected back in court on Wednesday, 21 April.


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