Ndudula main­tains her in­no­cence in trial

Daily Dispatch - - COVER STORY - ASANDA NINI

Fri­day marked the end of an­other week in the trial of Bulelwa Ndudula, who is ac­cused of killing her hus­band.

Sakhek­ile Ndudula, who was the chief of staff for the so­cial de­vel­op­ment MEC, was gunned down in his Cam­bridge West home in Septem­ber 2016. His wife is the prime sus­pect.

The high-profile trial en­tered its 10th day on Fri­day, af­ter first con­ven­ing in late May.

On Mon­day, the state hauled foren­sic an­a­lyst Lieu­tenan­tColonel Noneka Zizikazi Go­gela to the stand. Go­gela told high court Judge Igna Stretch that her tests had shown that there were only two pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tions for the amount of gun­shot residue found on Ndudula.

In her tes­ti­mony, she said Ndudula was ei­ther the ac­tual shooter or was within a 2m ra­dius of where the firearm was dis­charged.

Go­gela had flown from Pre­to­ria to give her tes­ti­mony af­ter she had an­a­lysed gun­shot residue sam­ples al­legedly found on Ndudula’s hands and the red jacket she wore on the day.

The foren­sic an­a­lyst added that her tests showed Ndudula was a pri­mary car­rier of such residue and not a sec­ondary car­rier.

On Tues­day, state ad­vo­cate Sakhumzi Mt­sila called to the dock War­rant Of­fi­cer Mandla Ye­lani, a King Wil­liam’s Town­based po­lice pho­to­graphic ex­pert, who told the court that he had found but­tons strewn about, the con­tents of a jew­ellery box scat­tered on the floor and scratch marks made by shoes be­ing dragged when he vis­ited the Ndudula home hours af­ter the shoot­ing on Septem­ber 14 2016.

In his tes­ti­mony Ye­lani said that led him to con­clude that there was “a strug­gle” between the cou­ple mo­ments be­fore Sakhek­ile was shot dead.

The state fi­nally closed its case on Tues­day.

Court re­sumed on Thurs­day, when Ndudula took the stand for the first time. She ve­he­mently de­nied al­le­ga­tions that she had killed her hus­band.

The trial con­tin­ues on Septem­ber 3.

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