Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela and his co-accused on Friday appeared in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria on charges of murder and attempted murder charges for the alleged assassination of billionaire businessman Wandile Bozwana. The court turned down their applications to be acquitted.
Judge Papi Masopa, made it clear that they will be put to their defence regarding the incident in October 2015, when Bozwana died and his partner, Mpho Baloyi, was injured when two gunmen opened fire at them as they stopped their car at a traffic light at the Garsfontein offramp, off the N1 highway.
Mathibela and his three co-accused Sipho Hudla, Matamela Robert Mutapa and Bonginkosi Paul Khumalo, alllegedly acted in a common purpose in killing Bozwana and attempting to kill Baloyi. Video footage from the mall was presented to the court, where one of the accused was identified as “watching” Bozwana and Baloyi while they did shopping and did their nails at a salon.
While the footage is unclear, a facial recognition expert testified that he could identify some of the other accused via their body language and clothes. Footage also showed that Mathibela was present that day at the nearby Nelson Mandela Square, which he did not deny. He and the other accused, however, maintained that they knew nothing about the incident, nor did they follow Bozwana and Baloyi to Pretoria.
It is claimed that Mathibela’s co-accused acted on his instructions to kill Bozwana.The prosecution’s case is that all four accused were at Sandton City at the same time as Bozwana and that they followed his movements. Judge Masopa, said the prosecution had a prima facie case against them to which they should answer. The trial will resume on October 18.