Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Mthokozisi Ntumba murder trial to start in January

The date for the trial of four police officers accused of the murder of Mthokozisi Ntumba - a bystander who was shot dead during a Wits student protest in Braamfontein in March this year has been set for 7th January 2022,  and the officers intend to plead not guilty.

Lawyers representing Tshephisho Kekana, 27, Cidraas Motseothatha, 43, Madimetja Legodi, 37, and Victor Mohammed, 51, informed the court on Wednesday that their clients intended to plead not guilty. They face a murder charge and three counts of attempted murder.

 Acting Judge William Karam concluded pre-trial proceedings in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.

The four men stood in the dock with their faces covered in cloth masks as their defence lawyers confirmed they were ready for the trial. Pre-trial proceedings were previously postponed in the matter to allow the parties to meet and agree on certain admissions, News24 previously reported.

On Wednesday, however, the lawyers said their clients would not make formal admissions at this stage. They also indicated that they had consulted with their clients and had received full instructions ahead of the trial.

Done By: Yandisa Qwabe


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