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Cape Town - A Khayelitsha man told the Western Cape High Court that he had identified the body of a friend, who was beaten to death by an angry mob, by the gun tattooed on his chest.
State witness Letule Mafete testified on Tuesday that he last saw his friend, Luxolo Mpontshane, 25, alive on the evening of March 14 last year.
He had gone to visit him and accompanied him to a shop. On the way back to Mpontshane’s house, Mziwabantu Madiba Mncwengi and Xolani Makapela (two of the accused) stopped them and questioned Mpontshane about a television set.
Mafete said when he and his friend had later returned to the shop, Mncwengi was there brandishing a stick. “He was aggressive,” Mafete said. He testified that Mncwengi had taken Mpontshane to his house. “Buyelwa Mncwengi (Mncwengi’s sister-in-law)… had an iron pipe in her hand,” Mafete said.
He had decided to phone the police. Later that night, Mafete went to Mpontshane’s house, where police asked him to accompany them to identify the bodies of Mpontshane, Mabhuti Matinise, 20, and Sivuyile Rola, 28, near Macassar sand dunes. They had been beaten to death for allegedly stealing a flat-screen television set.
Advocate Josephine Losch, for Mncwengi, questioned Mafete about whether he had spent time in jail. ”Yes… that has nothing to do with this case. I’m here to testify,” Mafete responded.
Mncwengi and Makapela are on trial with Mzimasi and Buyelwa Mncwengi, Mawende Siboma and Lumnko Babalaza for the murders.