There were scenes of fury outside court after the “Butcher of Nine Mile Beach” failed to appear because he is sick.
Michael Fusa – who is expected to plead guilty to stabbing a pregnant woman 148 times – was due to face his victim’s family and friends in court. But instead the proceedings were put off because the accused is receiving medical treatment.
His condition evoked no sympathy from the family of the victim, Phumeza Ndolo.
Phumeza’s heartbroken father Lunga Dlulisa, 48, says he believes Fusa is lying to stay out of jail.
“I don’t feel right and I didn’t know he’s sick. I think he’s lying,” says Lunga.
Phumeza’s close friend Kim Dyasi, 24, says she wants Fusa to suffer like she did.
“She was pregnant and that makes me angry because he killed two people,” she says.
Last week, the man dubbed “The Butcher of Nine Miles” dropped a bombshell in court when he revealed he was HIV-positive and in need of medical attention.
Fusa looked ill and his skeletal frame was exposed underneath his navy top.
Fusa was admitted to Victoria Hospital late last week after being held in custody at Strandfontein Police Station.
Inside, Magistrate Walter Golding was visibly agitated when he heard Fusa was not in court and that there was no sick certificate.
But State Prosecutor Darren Johnson insisted Fusa was very ill.
“He will be in hospital for 14 days,” said Johnson.
Last week, Fusa said he wished to enter a guilty plea and into a plea agreement with the State.
Fusa is due back in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrates’ Court next month.
* This article was published in the Daily Voice