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Nelspruit - A man accused of shooting dead two brothers at their home in Mpumalanga has admitted being the owner of the murder weapon.
This was the testimony of investigating officer Constable Isaac Bongani Ndlovu in the Mbombela circuit of the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.
He was giving evidence in the trial of Jabulani Elvis Maseko, 29, of KaNyamazane near Mbombela, for the murder of brothers Jabulani and Mangaliso Mathabatha, both from Zwelisha, outside White River.
They were killed in an armed robbery at their home on July 29 last year, a Sapa correspondent reported.
Maseko has denied any involvement in the crime.
Ndlovu said that when interviewing Maseko about the possession of the weapon in August last year, he admitted that his firearm was used in the murder.
“Maseko said he had the firearm in his possession since November 2011,” Ndlovu testified.
“He told me it was not him who shot the two brothers, but his friend Simon, who is not before court.”
A witness to the shooting, Sonny Mashego, testified she was watching a soccer game between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs with the two Mathabatha brothers at their home.
“Later, after 10pm, Jabulani informed me Pirates won and he was going to sleep.”
Mashego testified she was having an affair with the brother's father Dumisani, and said she was awoken around midnight after hearing a gunshot.
“The gunshot came from the other room where Jabulani slept. Two shots were fired. I then heard a man's voice saying 'where are the car keys?' I also heard Jabulani screaming, saying: 'I die for my brother's car.'
“Afraid, I jumped out of the window and ran to the neighbours for help. Later, when I returned to the house with neighbours, we found Jabulani and Mangaliso lying in a pool of blood.”
Mashego told the court she did not see the gunmen and that Jabulani was still alive when she returned with the neighbours.
The police and an ambulance arrived and took both of them to hospital, where Jabulani was certified dead on arrival. Mangaliso was also certified dead, Mashego testified.
The trial continues.