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Mbombela - A man accused of shooting dead a Mpumalanga miner three years ago told the Nelspruit Circuit of the High Court in Pretoria that he bought the worker's cellphone during a game of dice.
Calvin Tjatjie, 24, and his co-accused Isaac Sebokuboku Phala, 29, and Tshepo Seloane, 24, are accused of murdering Madingwana Max Matlou, 43, and robbing him of his Toyota Corolla and a cellphone in Mashishing on August 22, 2010.
Police found the car, which was involved in an accident, next to the road about 22 kilometres from where Matlou's body was found, a Sapa correspondent reported.
The cellphone was sold to Cash Crusaders in Emalahleni on August 31, 2010.
On Thursday, Tjatjie testified that he bought the cellphone during a game of dice at Burgersfort on August 31, then went to Emalahleni where he sold it at Cash Crusaders.
“I first used the cellphone until to a stage where I had no money. I then took it to Cash Crusaders in Witbank 1/8Emalahleni 3/8 for them to hold it for me. The company manager then gave me a piece of paper and R300 cash.
“I do not know this person who sold the cellphone to me,” Tjatjie testified.
He said he was not present when the crime was committed. He said that on August 22 he was at his shack in Burgersfort, where he ran a tuck shop. He admitted knowing Phala and Seloane.
“Phala's parental home is in Leboeng, where I come from. Seloane is from Burgersfort and he used to come and buy from my tuck shop.”
Prosecutor Eric van der Merwe told Tjatjie he was lying under oath.
“I put it to you that you found the deceased's cellphone in the car, after he had been shot and thrown on the street.”
The trial continues.