/ 13 August 2008

‘Look in the boot. My husband is there’

The Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday heard about the hysterical screams of Avhatali Netshisaulu’s widow when her husband was inside the boot of his burning car, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported.

According to the report, a witness testified how Mulaulo Sivhidzo made a hysterical call shortly after she arrived on the scene.

Sivhidzo has denied any involvement in her husband’s murder plot, but a witness said he is certain he heard her screaming: ”Look in the boot, look in the boot. My husband is there. Look in the bushes.”

The three accused of the murder of Netshisaulu, son of City Press editor Mathatha Tsedu, have pleaded not guilty.

The widow, her late husband’s business partner Nthabudzeni Matzhenene, and alleged hit man Arnold Sello are accused of his murder in December 2006.

Sivhidzo was the first person to discover the burning car on a neighbouring lot at 8.30pm that evening, the SABC report said.

Netshisaulu’s charred remains were discovered after firefighters doused the flames.

The trial has been postponed on numerous occasions for various reasons, ranging from non-availability of judges to the judge not having access to the case file. — Sapa