One of the men accused of killing elderly Cape Town couple claims he was 'threatened with death'

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Riedwaan and Rugeya Addinall were killed in their house in Ottery in 2019. (Photo: Facebook)
Riedwaan and Rugeya Addinall were killed in their house in Ottery in 2019. (Photo: Facebook)
  • The trial of the two men accused of murdering Ottery couple Rugeya and Riedwaan Addinall, has started winding down after a week of cross-examination. 
  • Gardener Gcinile Ngcobela and his helper, Lwazi Ntsibantsiba, are blaming each other for the murder. 
  • Ntsibantsiba says he took a holiday job with Ngcobela and found himself caught up in a murder case.

The parties in the trial of two men accused of murdering Ottery couple Rugeya and Riedwaan Addinall tied up a few loose details as the matter wound towards a close in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.

Still on the stand was one of the accused, Lwazi Ntsibantsiba, who appeared thin and worn out after a week of cross-examination.

Prosecutor Nadia Ajam has been testing the minute details of his account of the events leading up to and on 5 January 2019 when, according to him, he became caught up in a murder he didn't commit. 

He is on trial for murder and robbery with his disabled uncle's friend, gardener and painter Gcinile Ngcobela. Both pleaded not guilty and blamed each other for the chaotic scene that the Addinall's relatives walked into when they were not reachable by phone. 

On Thursday, Ntsibantsiba faced even more questions about how he and Ngcobela related to each other after they were arrested. 

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He said Ngcobela would ask him what he had told others. 

But, he was warned by his previous lawyer to stay away from him, and so he kept his distance. 

However, he said the exceptions were when either needed a light for their cigarette during court tea breaks or when they would ask each other for a cigarette. 

"All the people who smoke are used to sharing cigarettes," he said to Acting Judge Byron Hack.

Ntsibantsiba testified that he was threatened with death if he ever told a soul what he saw when he helped Ngcobela carry groceries into the house for the couple. 

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He was finally allowed to leave the witness box and sat at the furthest end of the dock possible, away from Ngcobela. 

The trial is expected to continue with three more witnesses, but they are struggling to get to the court.

One is Ntsibantsiba's disabled uncle who needs special transport arrangements, and another has a job in Hout Bay and has apparently not responded to Ngcobela when he checked whether the witness was still coming.

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