Swazi students in South Africa witnesses to Pretoria murder
South African police officers claim that some Swazi students studying in Pretoria were witnesses to the shooting of 26-year-old Sophie Ledwaba outside Ayeyep Night Club.
This transpired during the accused James Ngoasheng's bail application where Sergeant Jeremiah Mpiti continued with his testimony in which he described the 30-year-old as a violent person. The officer said he was against Ngoasheng receiving bail as he believed he would interfere with investigations.
"He is well known and knows witnesses related to the matter. Some of the witnesses are Swaziland nationals. Most have run away to Swaziland and are afraid of returning to school‚" he said.
On another note, the shooting of the 26-year-old Ledwaba might have been a mistake.
This is according to one of the owners of the club‚ who said footage in their possession does not indicate that the accused Ngoasheng‚ 30‚ intended shooting Ledwaba.
Ngoasheng is facing a charge of murder and being in possession of an unlicenced firearm during an altercation on August 21.
He was this week denied bail in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. "It didn’t look like he wanted to shoot her. The two were regulars‚" Kagiso Setsetse told Sowetan.
"It seems like the girl ran and jumped into the Mercedes Benz Viano when an Uber they tried to catch was attacked by a metre taxi driver. From the footage‚ it looked like the guy wanted to chase her out of his vehicle by pulling out his gun but then he shot her without intending to‚" Setsetse said.
He moved to dispel reports that the incident happened in his club.
In his judgment‚ Magistrate David Shikwambana said Ngoasheng's act of handing himself over to police could be perceived as an admission of guilt and that he has a history of violence‚ despite not having convictions against him.
Sergeant Jeremiah Mpiti continuing with his testimony said; "His contract was terminated where he stayed because he fought with other tenants.”
He said the accused was due to vacate his flat at the end of August.
Mpiti explained to the court that Ngoasheng had provided the address of his flat‚ despite having to vacate it at the end of August.
"The accused also does not have a licence to be in possession of a firearm and we are waiting for ballistic results to determine whether it had been used in other crimes‚" he said.
Mpiti was asked whether a physical confrontation was necessary between the Ngoasheng and Ledwaba considering the stark difference in their physique.
"I saw her (Ledwaba) body at the mortuary and did not attend the scene. She had a tiny build‚ but considering the physique‚ it was not necessary for the applicant to shoot the deceased‚" he said.