Trial date for Mokoena killer set

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

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.

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