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Nelspruit - Two men accused of raping and killing a Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) employee with a hammer three years ago pleaded not guilty on Monday.
Justin Fanyana Malambe, 41, also a KMIA employee, and his co-accused Sibusiso Wonder Phelembe, 29, appeared in the Nelspruit circuit of the High Court in Pretoria for the rape and murder of Nonkululeko Thandi Khoza, a Sapa correspondent reported.
Khoza was killed at her home in Dwaleni Trust outside White River on May 21, 2010.
The court heard on Monday that Khoza's half-naked body, which had injuries to the head and chest, was discovered by relatives in her bedroom at around 8.30pm that day.
German Malinga, Khoza's nephew who lived nearby, testified that he was asked by his mother Beauty Mashabane to go and switch on the lights in his aunt's house.
“When I arrived at my aunt's place, I put in the door key to unlock it but it did not work. I then realised there was a key inside.”
Malinga said he turned the handle and the door opened. He went inside, and because it was dark, he lit a candle.
“The door to my aunt's bedroom had some marks on it, which indicated someone had forced it open. When I entered the room, I found my aunt lying on the floor,” he said.
“Seeing she was half-naked, I never looked further, but left for home to report.”
Mashabane testified that she had decided to send her son to check on her sister after noticing that the lights at her house were off.
“I had tried calling her on her cellphone, but it was switched off. After my son returned and told me what he saw, I decided to go there to see for myself,” she said.
“When I arrived, I found her lying on the floor next to her bed. She was half-naked and her head was covered with a duvet.
“Next to her was a hammer handle and her silver Nokia cellphone was missing.”
The case continues.