Trial date for Mokoena killer set
MURDER accused Sandile Mantsoe who allegedly killed and set alight his girlfriend of seven months Karabo Mokoena will spend another six months behind bars before his case goes to trial.
Mantsoe, 27, has already been in custody for about four months after he allegedly murdered Mokoena and buried her in a shallow grave in Bramley earlier this year.
The State and the defence informed the Gauteng High Court, Johannesburg, yesterday that they had agreed and were ready to begin the trial on March 5.
During bail application proceedings, the investigating officer in the matter said via an affidavit that Mantsoe had made an admission before a commissioner of oath that he had poured swimming pool acid over Mokoena’s body and set her alight.
Mantsoe allegedly said he burnt Mokoena so that he would not be linked to her murder.
He allegedly also said he was introduced to traditional rituals by her.
The investigating officer added that Mantsoe said he and Mokoena had cuts on their bodies and matching tattoos in the shape of a cross to ensure a lasting bond between them and success of his business.
According to the affidavit, Mantsoe said the reason for his business not doing well was because of a jinx after he broke up with her, and the only way he could break the jinx was to kill her.
Both the families of Mantsoe and Mokoena were in court.
Mokoena’s uncle, Tshepo, said the family was happy that the matter had been moved to a higher court. He added that Mokoena’s mother was still depressed about her death. – ANA
Karabo Mokoena, who was killed and burnt by her boyfriend.