Months to trial for accused in lover’s death
Murder-accused Sandile Mantsoe who allegedly killed and set alight Karabo Mokoena, who had been his girlfriend for seven months, will spend another six months behind bars before his case goes to trial.
Mantsoe, 27, has been in custody for about four months after he allegedly murdered Mokoena and buried her in a shallow grave in Bramley in Johannesburg earlier this year.
The state and the defence informed the High Court in Johannesburg yesterday they were ready to begin the trial on March 5, 2018.
During bail application proceedings, the investigating officer said via an affidavit that Mantsoe, pictured, had made an admission before a commissioner of oaths that he had poured swimming pool acid over Mokoena’s body and set her alight. Mantsoe allegedly said he had burnt Mokoena so he would not be linked to her murder. He allegedly also said she had introduced him to traditional rituals.
The investigating officer added that Mantsoe had said that 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 the success of his business.
According to the affidavit, Mantsoe also allegedly said the reason his business did not do well was because of a jinx after he broke up with Mokoena, and the only way he could break it was to kill her. – ANA
Mantsoe also allegedly said his business did not do well because of a jinx after he broke up with Mokoena, and the only way he could break the spell was to kill her.