Man charged with Pietermaritzburg businesswoman Kavitha Nerputh's murder found not guilty

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Kavitha Nerputh.
Kavitha Nerputh.
Ian Carbutt

The man who allegedly killed Pietermaritzburg businesswoman Kavitha Nerputh in January 2020 has been acquitted.

Simphiwe Mweli (37)  cried after being acquitted on Friday by the Pietermaritzburg regional court.

Nerputh was found strangled in her Audi car on January 20, 2020 in Alexandra Park.

Mweli testified that on January 16 that year Nerputh had stopped next to him in her car and offered him employment. He got in. But after she told him that she wanted him to kill her and offered payment of R1000 and sexual intercourse, he rejected her offer.

She dropped him off and he did not see her again.

He denied telling a group of friends while drinking later in January that he killed her with a car charger cord.

Regional magistrate Bhekizitha Phoswa said on Friday that Mweli's guilt was not proved beyond reasonable doubt. No one saw him kill her.

He said it was possible someone else killed her. 

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