Accused faces two separate cases
ONE DECADE, one court, three separate cases, and a string of violent crimes.
That’s the synopsis of the experience of one man, currently behind bars at Goodwood Prison, in the Western Cape High Court since 2004.
The man, Siyabulela Sandlana, appeared in court on Thursday for a pre-trial conference in connection with one of the three cases – a murder allegedly committed in Khayelitsha in October last year.
That case was postponed to June 2 for trial.
In April 2004, Sandlana escaped a 35-year sentence for two 1998 Gugulethu murders after the high court overturned his convictions.
In April next year he is to be tried in the same court in connection with 17 charges, including murder, rape, attempted murder and robbery, that stem from an alleged 15-year reign of terror across the city, from Table View and Bothasig to Gugulethu, and as far as Somerset West.
The offences he is accused of date back to 1998, the most serious of which took place in 2007, 2008 and last year. They include:
● The rape of a woman at gunpoint in Khayelitsha in June 2007.
● The rape of a woman in Protea Heights, Bellville, in July 2008.
● The murder of 19-year-old Patrick Ndayi, who was shot in the head in Gugulethu on August 26 last year after a quarrel.
Other offences include robbery and the possession of firearms and ammunition, including semi-automatic weapons.
Then, in June next year, Sandlana is to be tried alongside co-accused Vukile Simakuhle in connection with the Khayelitsha murder.
In that case, he is accused of murdering 21-year-old Siphelo Gcwadi in Lingelethu West, Khayelitsha, on October 2 last year. According to the State’s summary of facts, Sandlana and Simakuhle allegedly followed Gcwadi into his house.
Sandlana allegedly shot Gcwadi in the chest.
In addition to murder, Sandlana and Simakuhle have also been charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm pistol and ammunition. THE HUSBAND of slain Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday on a charge of murder.
The case against Nico Henning was postponed to Tuesday for a bail application.
After two years of speculation that Henning ordered the hit- style killing on his estranged wife, confirmation came last Wednesday via a confession by one of the men found guilty of her murder.
Henning ordered the killing and promised him R1 million, he said.
Earlier yesterday, a haggard looking Henning entered the Villeria police station just before 7am, and handed himself over to police.
Wearing a dark suit and grey tie, he was met by his lawyer Werner Bruynes. The suspect appeared thinner than when last seen at the funeral of his wife where, tearfully, he carried the couple’s young son.
Yesterday, after an hour behind closed doors with investigating officers, he made a quick dash into a vehicle and, accompanied by police, made his way to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.
Sitting in the public gallery were Chanelle’s parents Sharon and Ivan Saincic. The couple did not attend court proceedings on Wednesday where Andre Gouws testified during mitigation of his and coaccused Ambrose Monye’s sentencing in the Pretoria High Court, as they were apparently in protective custody.
Yesterday Henning appeared emotionless as magistrate Desmond Nair read out the charges against him.
He is facing charges of murder and conspiracy to murder.
His lawyers requested that the matter be postponed to next week for a formal bail application.
“We have not had enough time to adequately prepare for the bail application, and would like to do so over the weekend and consult with our client.”
The Saincics said they were relieved that Henning was before court for their daughter’s murder.
Chanelle was shot by two hitmen on a motorcycle in November, 2011, moments after dropping off her son at school.
Yesterday, Gouws told the court that Henning instructed him to kill Chanelle so that he could get full custody of their son.
The young mother’s death came at a R1m payment, which Henning allegedly offered, but Gouws never received. “Nico wanted me to kill her but I could not do it myself, so I instructed Monye to get people to get the job done,” Gouws said.
Disgraced former cop Gerhardus du Plessis and Williem Pieterse shot and killed Chanelle. The pair were sentenced to 18 years in prison after confessing in 2011.
ACCUSED: Nico Henning, the husband of murdered Chanelle Henning, in the Pretoria Magistrates Court yesterday.
SHOT: Chanelle Henning was killed outside son’s school.